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No New Year’s bash at Boot Hill

Rory Schepisi informed me today that because of other commitments, construction delays, a recent winter storm that caused further delays, there will be no New Year’s Eve party at the under-construction Boot Hill Saloon & Grill at U.S. 385 and…

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Man who cruised Route 66 in Corvette for charity dies

John “JJ” Bouma, who cruised Route 66 in a red Corvette in May as a fundraiser to combat the Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS, that afflicted him, died at age 54 on Friday, according to the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press.…

Home for Christmas

After completing her 2,390-mile trek on Route 66 on Sunday in Santa Monica, Michelle Thompson cycled south on Pacific Coast Highway and arrived at her brother’s home in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Christmas Day afternoon, like she had hoped. KABC-TV…

She made it

Michelle Thompson, the woman who was trying to bicycle the 2,400-mile length of Route 66 to raise awareness of oral cancer and help her ailing brother, met her goal of finishing the Mother Road before Christmas. According to her Web…

One to watch

The Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph compiles an annual “10 to Watch” list of central Illinois residents who are rising fast in prominence and influence. One who made the list is Geoff Ladd of the Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, who’s…

Profile focuses on architect of Route 66 icons

Metropolis Magazine, a publication about architecture and design, has a well-written feature about acclaimed Oklahoma City architect Rand Elliott. Elliott designed the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, and the POPS gas station that’s being constructed off Route 66 in…

Jamming with Harley & Annabelle

Canadian singer-songwriter Melissa McClelland has posted part three of her documentary from her Route 66 trip this summer. You can view the podcast here (Internet Explorer 6 and broadband are needed). In it, you’ll see Rooster from the Luna Cafe…

Route 66 on the silver screen

Speaking of guidebooks, Harry Medved was kind enough to send me a copy of the book he co-wrote with Bruce Akiyama, “Hollywood Escapes.” It describes itself as “The moviegoing guide to exploring Southern California’s great outdoors.” The reason this book…

A guidebook to a fault

David Lynch (not that David Lynch) was fascinated by the notorious San Andreas Fault in California and sought to explore it. To his astonishment, he found that no complete guidebook to the faultline existed. Lynch explored the fault, a source…

Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

The Edwardsville (Ill.) Intelligencer is reporting that the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, an old Route 66 alignment that connects Madison, Ill., to north St. Louis, is hosting its 12th annual Eagle Days on Jan. 13-14 from 9 a.m. to…

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