Yesterday, we received one of those strange emails that people only send to us asking about old Oklahoma City’s strip clubs. The email was sent by a former OU frat boy who was probably half drunk and nostalgic for the good old days:
Having worked on the “Rush Team” for a certain OU fraternity during the late-seventies. We were tasked with taking high school seniors to the finest strip clubs in Oklahoma City. My friends, who worked by my side during those summer months and shall remain nameless, (a oil company executive, prestigious attorney, doctor, auto dealer, developer) and I have been wracking our brains trying to remember the names and location of these clubs. The obvious come to mind, the Scorpio and Red Dog. However, back in those days there seemed to be a club on almost every corner, provided you were South of NW 36th. As an avid reader of TLO, I thought your readership would be a great source to answer what has been vexing us for years… The names and locations of Oklahoma City’s strip clubs when Foghat’s Slow Ride ruled the stage.
Yeah, there are some obvious questions here:
1. High school seniors could go the strip clubs in the late 1970s? Old people got all the breaks. When I was 18 in 1996, the only place you could see boobs in person was the Club Infiniti Wet T-Shirt Contest and / or Piedmont.
2. There was strip club called The Scorpio? Is it just me, or is that the coolest bar name ever? I always thought the name of my first bar would be “The Mole Hill.” The Scorpio may change that.
3. Which Frat House took high school Seniors to Strip Clubs? Why would the Mole omit that from the email? You think that would be a selling point. “Hey, pledge Epsilon and you’ll get to see boobs and meet girls named Alexis and Raven.”
4. Who’s the nameless oil company executive, prestigious attorney, doctor, auto dealer and developer? Kind of sad, isn’t it? This guy has all these rich and powerful friends and here he is emailing a blog about old strip clubs.
5. Can Steve Lackmeyer answer all these questions with a new book “Strip City: A History of Oklahoma City Gentleman’s Clubs and Cabarets with a Forward by Doug Loudenback?” Seriously, the guy can’t write about bricks, buildings and boulevards forever. Actually, he probably can, but it’s time for Steve to branch out and try something new. At the very least, it would be a fun project to research.
In the meantime, go ahead and share your totally legal strip clubs memories in the comments. If you share some good ones, maybe the Ogle Mole can arrange for his powerful friends to buy you or Nolan Clay a $20 lap dance.
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