From the Albums of Bill Shaffer – Gailard Sartain

Gailard SartainThis is a photo from 1955. Fifty-nine years ago. The scout in the middle, the one holding the patrol flag, is Gailard Sartain. A member of Troop 26, Gailard Sartain went on to graduate from Rogers High School and the University of Tulsa. He became a Tulsa celebrity in local television when he appeared as Dr. Mazeppa Pompazoidi in 1970-73 on the “Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting.” He dressed in a long robe with moons and stars on it and had a long pointy wizard’s hat. Actor Gary Busey got his start on the Mazeppa show, playing a character called Teddy Jack Eddy. Gailard joined the comedy team of the Sonny and Cher show and then went on to be a member of the cast of Hee Haw. Gailard worked with some of Hollywood’s best in films like The Outsiders, Elizabethtown, Earnest Goes to Jail, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Mississippi Burning. He has worked with Gary Busey, Orlando Bloom, Kathy Bates, Gene Hackman, Tom Cruise, Jessica Tandy, Ted Danson, Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze. This photo is is of a young scout who followed his dream to be in the movies. He was in Troop 26 back when I was first joining. He was quite a character.

Some related links…

Tulsa TV Memories

Scene from Mazeppa w/Gary Busey

Git N Go Supreme Quart Commercial

More Scenes from the “Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting”

Gailard Sartain with the McCain Brothers

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