The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 August 2005

The Skyy's the limit

Maurice Kanbar has an impressive résumé. He owns three dozen patents on various consumer and medical products — among other things, he invented the D-Fuzz-It comb for sweaters and a plastic shield for hypodermic needles — and he is the founder of Skyy Spirits, which vends America's #2 brand of premium vodka.

And now he owns half of downtown Tulsa. Well, okay, not half; but he did buy six downtown buildings at one fell swoop, including the gorgeous 1929 PSO building at 6th and Main and the 1931 Pythian Building at 5th and Boulder. Tulsa is on the verge of a renaissance, thinks Kanbar, and he wants to be part of it.

Preservationists have had a tough time of it in Tulsa lately; with Kanbar apparently on their side, the balance of power could well tip in their favor. And about time, say I.

Posted at 10:40 AM to Soonerland

What relationship, if any, does he have with the Whirled?

Posted by: McGehee at 2:52 PM on 8 August 2005

So far as I know, none, which is all the more reason to be upbeat about his plans.

If there were some connection, the Whirled would be plastering it all over page one, which they didn't do. In fact, it was a TV station — one that's not owned by one of the Big Media chains, interestingly — who got the story first.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:35 PM on 8 August 2005