The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 November 2002

You'll always find the unusual

Kambers has sold gifts and luggage in Oklahoma City since 1922, and for half of those eighty years, their TV spots were done by Eleanor Kamber, daughter-in-law of the founding family. It's a small sort of celebrityhood, to be sure, but I suspect anyone who spent more than a few months in this part of the world would have recognized her on sight. The store has moved several times — from downtown to Penn Square to Northpark to its current location on the eastern edge of Nichols Hills — but the one thing you could always count on was Mrs. Kamber.

That is, until this week, when health problems finally caught up to her; she died late Thursday night, at the age of 92. The store will remain closed through Monday noon, following services at Temple B'nai Israel. (Yes, Virginia, there are Jews in Oklahoma.) Her advertising tag — "You'll always find the unusual at Kambers" — is a local cultural icon, alongside "Boomer Sooner" and the B. C. Clark jingle.

Posted at 9:01 AM to City Scene

Worst OKC jingle: "Norman...oo-ooo-oo-ooo..." for the Mile of Cars.

Posted by: DavidMSC at 12:17 PM on 23 November 2002

At least that one had historical precedent: "Norman", the John D. Loudermilk (I think) tune that was a hit for Sue Thompson.

Some of us reworded it as "Boredom", but that's a tale for another time.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:58 PM on 23 November 2002