Gary Busey in Bartlesville

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                                                         Down The Road with the Original Buffalo Dale

 Welcome back. This week once again I’m bringing you a story in which fact and fiction are hard to separate.

Word of yet one more famous celebrity roaming our local streets has just reached my ears so I’ll start with this week’s local scoop. A 1962 graduate of Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this man went on to play football at Pittsburg State University on a full scholarship and that’s where the acting bug first bit him. When he moved back to Tulsa, his entry into show business was as a drummer in the “Rubber band” band. After joining Leon Russell in the recording studio, he became known as “Teddy Jack Eddy” when friend and fellow Tulsan Gailard Sartain who was also known as “Dr. Mazeppa Pompazoidi” suggested that one name wasn’t enough and three would suit him better. Yes, the star of the Buddy Holly Story, Lethal Weapon and dozens of other movies and TV shows, Gary Busey was in town shooting a short film for the Delaware Tribe which he is also a member of. Busey was also at the Buffalo Run Casino watching boxing when heavyweight World Champion Tommy Morrison’s sons were fighting. The story here is that Morrison and Busey were good friends and Busey has been following the boys’ boxing careers.

Moving forward, whenever I am traveling I make a point of reading the local newspapers like my hero Will Rogers who famously said “All I know is what I read in the papers.” Many weeks that is true for me as well and I frequently pass along the entertaining tid-bits I find. Here is one of them.

The human strain of this disease is called “Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease” or vCJD and my friends it is fatal. Although it is different, vCJD is often referred to as “Mad Cow Disease” and you can get it by eating the nerve tissue of cows such as brain and spinal cord pieces. According to WebMD, the illness is typically dormant for at least three months after infection and fortunately infected people can not pass it to others through casual contact.

No one is sure what causes either vCJD or Mad Cow Disease. I’m sure your next questions will be how common are these killers and how are they diagnosed and treated? The first recognized case of cVJD was diagnosed in 1996 and since then most of the cases have occurred in the United Kingdom including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The symptoms are sketchy and can encompass dementia, psychotic behavior and loss of muscle control, followed by coma. There is no single test which can be used to diagnose cVJD and usually it can only be confirmed by a brain biopsy. cVJD is not found in the muscle tissue of cows or in milk and luckily we in the United States see very few cases of this horrible disease.

I’ll end this week by suggesting you take a walk through downtown Bartlesville as you never know just who you might run into. Till next time I’ll see ya down the road.





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