In a 2016 interview posted on the OETA website, Wexler said the popcorn was real but tried not to eat it during the show.
“Whenever I try to slip it on during the movie, I’m sorry a few minutes later when I’m getting ready to speak on camera,” Wexler said. These tiny little grains have a way of sticking around your teeth for hours.
David Davis, director of operations for OKPOP, the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, said he first met Wexler when the Oklahoma History Center opened an exhibit called “Oklahoma @ the Movies.” in 2012, which included a section on Wexler’s career.
“He came as a gift with his iconic popcorn bucket, which we highlighted while celebrating his long career and his in-depth knowledge of filmmaking and the Oklahomans who shine in the industry,” said Davis. “Today, OKPOP looks forward, once again, to including BJ’s story and his influence on so many movie-loving Oklahomians.”
A native of Buffalo, NY, Wexler began his 50-year career in broadcasting when he accepted a job at his college radio station. He came to Oklahoma in 1976 to be the program director for KTOK radio station in Oklahoma City.
Wexler joined OETA in 1983, as co-host of the network’s annual donation campaigns, a task he continued to do after the start of “OETA Movie Club”.