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Tom Hanks threatens to blow through Tulsa…

10:10 AM EDT on June 16, 2023

Back in May, Tom Hanks stopped by Magic City Books in Oklahoma’s second-city to promote his debut novel, “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece.” 

Like any fledgling author trying to make it, Tom typed out a quick little “Thank You” note and mailed it to the bookstore. Since he also happens to be a legendary motion picture actor and one of Hollywood’s most recognizable and accomplished stars, Magic City Books shared the note on social media, where it generated a fair amount of likes, loves and mainstream media attention.

You can check it out below:

That’s pretty cool. I actually blew through Tulsa back in November for a quick little weekend visit, and like Mr. Hanks, also had a nice time. I had dinner at some weird English restaurant in the bottom of a house, toured the Philbrook Museum and Bob Dylan Center, and had an egg salad sandwich at Queenie’s. Outside of staying at the Mayo, which I learned was an overpriced dump, it wasn’t that bad! 

That being said, the trip didn’t motivate me to get my grandfather’s typewriter out of the closet to send a note to the people at Queenie’s comparing their egg salad sandwich to one at a Parisian cafe, Brooklyn bistro or, uhm, Oakland mini-mart. 

Granted, that’s probably because I don’t have my grandfather's typewriter, and I’ve never been to those cities, but that seems a bit over the top. Couldn’t he have just left a Yelp review? Then again, maybe it explains why Tom Hanks is a universally beloved actor and I’m some schmuck blogging on the Internet. 

Anyway, I’m glad Tom enjoyed Tulsa. The next time he blows through, maybe he can take a drive down Route 66 to Oklahoma City. It’s a nice scenic drive and our state has made sure to put a lot of signs to help you find the old highway.

Also, let’s hope his innocent fondness for Oklahoma lasts a bit longer than it did for the last celebrity to compare Tulsa to Paris – Sylvester Stallone.  

When he first hopped off the plane at Tulsa International Airport, he mused about how Tulsa is the Paris of the Southwest. Only a few months later, he changed his tune and confided to Andrew Dice Clay on Instagram that Oklahoma is actually Hell on Earth. He would eventually leave the state as soon as possible and take his hit streaming series with him. Womp womp. 

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