Dennis Spielman

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EightyThree - photo by Dennis Spielman

EightyThree

Reviving the golden era of arcade games, EightyThree in Moore is a museum-style nostalgic-trip arcade. With games like Tron, Frogger, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Sinistar, and more, EightyThree operates on a flat admission fee for unlimited play of the arcade games, with only the pinball machines being coin-operated. In this Uncovering Oklahoma interview, Dean Wenzel shares the story of why he started the business and what visitors can expect.

EightyThree is a fun place. While I didn’t highlight in the video, along the walls are some of Dean’s arcade history memorabilia that’s he’s collected throughout his years. One of his dreams he told me off camera is to eventually expand with a video game themed restaurant.

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway

On Sunday, my wife and I visited the Talimena National Scenic Byway to see the fall foliage. I made this one-minute video highlighting some of the experiences one can enjoy along this road trip.

Here are a few of my favorite photos I captured as well.

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

A Hiking Trailing Trail along the Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

If you’re planning a road trip adventure along the Talimena National Scenic Byway, I do have a few tips.

  • Make sure you have a full tank of fuel as there aren’t any gas stations directly along the byway.
  • When driving, be prepared for steep inclines, sharp turns, and sudden changes in speed. Pay close attention to road signs.
  • Bring food and drinks. There are no restaurants directly on the byway.
  • Use the bathroom before you start because there are lovely views but there are few bathrooms, most of which are part of the campgrounds.
  • Pack appropriate clothing and gear for whatever activities you want to enjoy.
  • Have fun!

  • Cafe Cuvée - photo by Dennis Spielman

    Café Cuvée

    Café Cuvée is an approachable French-style bistro in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Midtown District. They serve French classics in a comfortable atmosphere that’s fitting for meeting with friends, business, bunch, and date nights. A special trait of Café Cuvée is their table-side service where they prepare dishes like their Dover Sole in front of you.

    In this Uncovering Oklahoma interview, we hear from Kurt Fleischfresser, the Culinary Director of Coury Hospitality; Shawn Rogers, General Manager of Ambassador Hotel; and Taylor Desjarlais, Executive Chef, Café Cuvée.

    I filmed this video on Monday afternoon, a slow time, and so we used several staff members to fill in as patrons. In the opening shot with the four dishes, they made me a shared plate so I was able to sample everything. I never had Dover Sole before and it was good!

    I have my November video plans laid out, which include a few new places.

    The Stone Lion Inn

    Taming The Stone Lion Inn

    “The Stone Lion Inn Bed & Breakfast in Guthrie, Oklahoma has been featured in numerous books and TV series for its ghost stories. Sam and Geoff team up with The Okie Show Show podcast to check out the paranormal activity in a place that the owner refers to as being “a house with issues.”

    Inside the Stone Lion Inn - photo by Dennis Spielman

    Do I have some behind-the-scenes stories for you about this episode! This whole visiting the Stone Lion Inn was an idea from Brian of the Okie Show Show. He thought it would be fun to do a crossover episode where we would be in character for his show. Since it’s established that Tales Unveiled is a podcast in the show itself, it was natural to work everything in. When recording with them, both Jeff and I would’ve made some jokes, but we held back to keep in character. It was a fun episode to record with a dynamic contrast to our seriousness with the Okie Show Show’s comedy.

    True story: The scene with the front door being locked really did happen. However, that’s not the only spooky thing to happen to us.

    There are some differences between our two episodes. In Tales Unveiled, we have a prologue with Geoff and Sam exploring the house. The introduction to the interview on Okie Show Show is different than how it happened with Brian leading the discussion. In Tales Unveiled, we stopped recording after the ghost stories, however, the interview continues in Okie Show Show with them talking about making movies at the Stone Lion Inn.

    The last scene of the Okie Show Show interview has all of us trying to talk with the spirits in the dark. Being in character, I kept saying there was no such thing as ghosts. When the lights turned on, one of the bulbs burst as if it were a sign. Brain did record this on video if you dare to watch it.

    Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by me, Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine. Featuring Brain, Laney, Nicholas, and Rebecca as themselves.

    Want to solve a murder mystery or stay the night at the Stone Lion Inn for yourself? Visit www.StoneLionInn.com for more information.

    For Okie Show Show’s side of the story, check out the Okie Show Show wherever you get your podcasts.


    Subscribe to new episodes via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, PodBean, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube, or right here at Tales Unveiled. Episodes are released on the Second and Forth Fridays.

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    Riverscream - photo by Dennis Spielman

    RIVERSCREAM

    Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District has been struck by terrestrial gamma-rays, transforming RIVERSPORT into RIVERSCREAM. Help contain the zombies before they escape and terrorize the city by maneuvering the challenges on the six-story Sky Trail to find explosive transformers proven to reverse the effects of the gamma-rays.

    Mike Knopp, OKC Boathouse Foundation Executive Director; and John Riggs, Senior Director, Operations and Events share what courageous citizens can do at the family-friendly RIVERSCREAM on Fridays and Saturdays in October.

    I had fun filming this story on Friday. I believe it was Mike’s idea to have a zombie in the background for the interview and it was my suggestion that the zombie attacks him at the end. I’m happy with the creepy fog shots I was able to obtain. With my camera, I couldn’t harness up and do the sky trail, however, there was a spiral staircase that I was able to use and get some great shots. As both Mike and John said in the video, climbing the sky trail at night is a different experience.

    For more Halloween attractions and events, be sure to check out Uncovering Oklahoma’s Halloween Guide.

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