50 Years of Broom Trip: Russell Myers of Broom Hilda displays on the creation of the comedian and the roots of Tulsa | leisure
When Broom Hilda debuted, her age was given as 1,500 years. When asked about Broom Hilda’s longevity and why she found a sweet spot among readers, Myers said, “The only answer I have sounds kind of silly, but I think they enjoy reading it. That’s all I can think of You live or die depending on how the public accepts you. The public has accepted it for 50 years so far. God bless you.”
What did Myers do to keep her reading?
“I hope I just made her laugh,” he said. “I don’t have an agenda. I have my own political views, but I don’t put them in the comic. I’m not trying to teach anyone anything. If people can watch it every day and sniff a little and smile, then I’ve been successful. “
That’s not political, but Myers made a statement when he made Broom Hilda give up cigars during the Strip’s early years. He did this after receiving a letter from a doctor about Broom Hilda’s cigar habit.
“My mind is kind of in my parents’ generation,” Myers said. “I love the old vaudeville comics and stuff. When I started I was kidding and she had a cigar and all that stuff. Times have changed in the last half century and that went away. “
Myers last visited Tulsa in 2012 for his mother’s memorial service. He drove past the old brick house of his youth. Except for more trees it looked pretty much the same.