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Notes from the road

We learned Thursday that longtime roadie Jeff Meyer, aka the Route 66 Roadologist, is in the hospital after having health problems earlier in the week, and he is undergoing tests.

Meyer has been exploring Route 66 for more than two decades, is a founding member of the Illinois Route 66 Association, and was given the prestigious Steinbeck Award during the annual national Route 66 banquet a few years ago.

If you’d like to send him a note or get-well card, you can mail it to:

Jeff Meyer
Bed 31, ICU
Northwest Community Hospital
800 West Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

  • The Rock Cafe in Stroud, Okla., is having its first day as a full-service restaurant Friday after it was nearly destroyed by a fire a year ago. KOTV in Tulsa is televising a live feed from the historic Route 66 restaurant that morning.
  • Susan Croce Kelly, co-author of the seminal 1990 book “Route 66: The Road and Its People,” is planning to write a book about Cyrus Avery, the “Father of Route 66.” Kelly has been in contact with Tulsa resident Joy Avery, Cyrus’ granddaughter, about the project.
  • Flagstaff Live! compiled an overview of that city’s barbecue restaurants, including two on Route 66 — The Smokehouse and Big John’s Texas BBQ.
  • According to the Twitter account of POPS in Arcadia, Okla., an NBC television crew was at the convenience store/restaurant on Wednesday to film a segment for “The Great American Road Trip.” It will air in July.
  • The Viva Cuba blog of Cuba, Mo., has a story about local fourth-graders and their Missouri history projects. One of the students, Desiree, dedicated her project to Fran Eickhoff, who was a longtime Route 66 booster and was the girl’s grandmother.
  • Here’s a preview from the Joplin Globe about Galena Days in Galena, Kan., next weekend.
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