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Special announcement October 28, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Sports.
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In case you missed it, a Route 66 town has just won the World Series.

That is all.


Ride with the Griswolds October 27, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Movies, Road trips.

Remember the hit movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation”? Remember the Griswold family heading west to find misadventures in an ugly station wagon?

Here’s the original story that inspired it all, written by John Hughes. It’s a hoot.

Warning: Although the story takes place on and off Route 66, don’t try to duplicate this on your own vacation, kids. And some the language is what a lot of adults use.

(Hat tip to Tim Steil.)

Nut House is set to re-open October 27, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses.
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Two couples recently purchased The Nut House on Route 66 near Claremore, Okla., and the business will re-open Thursday.

The Nut House gift shop, at 26677 S. Highway 66, was purchased at an auction by Darryl and Hazel Ward and Fred and Joyce Hannah, all of Claremore. Its hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until Thanksgiving. After that, it will be open during those hours seven days a week until New Year’s.

Hazel Ward told me that while the complex will continue to be renovated, The Nut House will sell all kinds of nuts (including Oklahoma pecans), candy and fudge. It also eventually will sell “gift-type items,” she said. In the spring, they tentatively plan to have an herb festival.

“We’re really excited about this” business, Ward said. “I think there’s a lot we can do with it.”

The Nut House’s phone number is 918-266-1604. Its Web site is at www.66nuts.com.

A stroll across the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge October 26, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Television.
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Here’s a clip from an old St. Louis public access television show called “World Wide Magazine,” in which Vince and Marty stoll across the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge that once carried Route 66 from Madison, Ill., to north St. Louis.

Vince and Marty are a coupla goofs, but the footage from the bridge is nice, and so is the “Old Man River” soundtrack.

Calling all Mother Road volunteers October 26, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events.
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The Clinton (Okla.) Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for 2- to 3-hour shifts to help man a promotional booth at the Best Fest at Riverparks West Bank Festival Area in Tulsa on Nov. 17-19.

The Chamber will be there to promote the 2007 Route 66 Festival. Here’s an Acrobat file of the Best Fest brochure that provides more information about the event.

If you can help e-mail Erin Adams, president of the Clinton Chamber, at erinadams(at)clintonok(dot)org , or call 580-323-2222.

Swastikas on old Arizona road maps? October 26, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Highways, Maps.

It’s true. But it’s not as sinister as it first appears.

Fellow road warrior Tim Steil pointed out this Arizona roads site, which shows a scan from a 1927 Rand McNally atlas. And look on the lower right corner of the page — a swastika on the Arizona highway marker. I included a close-up excerpt of the page.

The Arizona roads site explains:

This was actually taken from a Native American design. It was removed in the 1940s, after it became associated with the Nazis.

There are many reasons for despising the Nazis. One of them includes appropriating an otherwise-harmless symbol of the American Indians and a slew of other cultures and turning it into something that’s associated with death, hatred and bigotry.

Wikipedia has a more clear-headed history of the swastika.

Woman cycling Route 66 to help cancer-stricken brother October 26, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Bicycling, People, Road trips.

Michelle Thompson is cycling on part of Route 66 during a 2,500-mile trip from Glen Ellyn, Ill., to Costa Mesa, Calif., to raise money for her brother, who is being treated for oral cancer, reports the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph.

The trek is expected to take six weeks, and Thompson, 35, hopes to raise $50,000.

The cross-country trek came about when she saw how cancer affected every aspect of her brother’s life after he was diagnosed last year. His first round of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation didn’t halt the cancer’s progress.

He underwent a second surgery which led to the loss of parts of his palate, tongue and jawbone. The latest surgery was to open his esophagus to make it easier for him to eat and drink.

“It’s a health issue. It’s a financial issue. It’s a social issue. He is relearning how to talk,” she said. “On a personal level, I want to help him fight this. I couldn’t sell enough brownies to make a difference so I decided on the bike-a-thon.”

Thompson reportedly has launched a Web site, route2outsmartcancer.com, but it’s not up yet as of noon Thursday. Donations can also be mailed to Thompson at P.O. Box 142, Glen Ellyn, IL 60138.

UPDATE: The Pontiac (Ill.) Daily Leader caught up with Thompson for a story. And her Web site is up.

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