TULSA - Even people who don't normally find themselves reading about history will likely find that a new book about Tulsa offers some entertaining surprises.
"Hidden History of Tulsa" was published a couple months ago, and assembles 19 essays about people, places and events that have helped to shape one of America's more unique cities - but at the same time, remain unknown to many of its current residents.
The story of the man author Steve Gerkin has nicknamed the "Burger Nazi," J. J. Conley, is one example of the colorful people featured in the book.
Others include Spade Cooley, the self-styled "King of Western Swing" and murder whose photo still smiles down on patrons of Cain's Ballroom, and Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, a bank robber and kidnapper whose time spent in Tulsa became the stuff of legend.
Karpis ended up serving more time on Alcatraz than any other inmate.
Readers interested in "Hidden History of Tulsa" can find it online at History Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Booksamillion, as well as at OSU-Tulsa, the Barnes & Noble store near 71st and Memorial, and the Tulsa Historical Society.