Music artist Jack White doesn’t just have a residence in Tulsa. He’s investing in Tulsa by making a $30,000 donation to The Outsiders House, according to Danny O’Connor, who is transforming the house into a museum.
The donation allowed the Outsiders House to meet a $75,000 fundraising goal.
“Jack White closed the thing and got it done,” O’Connor said Thursday. “I have a feeling there’s a brass plaque in order in the cement at that house pretty soon. What a guy. I couldn’t think of a better person to come wrap this bow up, tie the loose ends up.”
The Outsiders House, 731 N. St. Louis Ave., was a filming location during the making of the 1983 movie “The Outsiders,” based on Tulsa author S.E. Hinton’s book.
KOKI journalist Ron Terrell posted that he was told by O’Connor about White’s donation. O’Connor confirmed details in a subsequent interview with the Tulsa World.
On Sept. 17, White became the first person to headline a major rock concert at ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers professional baseball team.
While in Tulsa, White was given an autographed copy of “The Outsiders” book. O’Connor took it to Hinton to be autographed.
O’Connor was invited to attend White’s concert at ONEOK Field. O’Connor said White told him he was a fan of “The Outsiders” and Tulsa in general. White said he would like to go see the house, which he did the day after the concert.
“I gave him the tour of what we were working on and I told him the vision,” O’Connor said.
White asked how far along the Outsiders House was toward a financial goal. According to O’Connor, White said, “I want to see this happen and what I’m going to do is give you $30,000 from last night’s show.”
O’Connor checked with White to make sure it was OK to talk to the press about the donation. Said O’Connor: “It’s pretty exciting.”