TV show about Route 66 airs tomorrow May 31, 2011Posted by Ron Warnick in Television.
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“Access Rewind,” a television show which focuses on people and attractions in the Inland Empire of Southern California, is airing a one-hour Route 66 special tomorrow.
Here’s a sneak peek:
Circus elephants help with Joplin cleanup May 30, 2011Posted by Ron Warnick in Animals.
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No, we’re not making this up. Here’s a video by CBS News.
I’ve seen no news story about this yet, but here’s a description of the video:
Instead of taking the day off, circus performers and their trained elephants decided to pitch in and help the town of Joplin, Mo. clean up the devastation caused by a massive tornado.
I don’t have a problem with this. My father raises Clydesdale draft horses, and they thrive on work and attention. I suspect trained elephants are the same.
UPDATE 5/31/2011: Here’s a new video. This elephant didn’t have much trouble pulling out a wrecked SUV.
Joplin tornado, continued May 30, 2011Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Weather.
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The Joplin Globe newspaper, as usual, provided more excellent coverage of the deadly tornado, including a visit Sunday by President Obama and reactions from locals to the memorial ceremony later that afternoon.
This video contains the speeches by both Gov. Jay Nixon and the president at the memorial service:
A photo gallery of the governor’s and president’s visit to the destroyed area can be found here.
A Joplin church that was destroyed by the storm held services in a parking lot with lawn chairs Sunday.
Tonya Pike says that motel rooms from Springfield, Mo., to Tulsa are “at a premium” because of the surge in aid workers, construction crews, and homeless residents in Joplin. She advises Route 66 travelers to make reservations ahead of time in that region.
UPDATE: Found this exemplary column by one of the Tulsa World’s editors.
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El Pueblo Motel, which sits on Route 66 in Flagstaff, Ariz., played a critical role in the creation of Navajo Code Talkers for use of military communication during World War II, according to an article today in the Arizona Daily Sun.
Philip Johnson built what was then called El Pueblo Motor Inn in 1937, and it remains the city’s oldest motel on Route 66 outside of downtown.
It was from the motel that Johnston engineered the recruitment of Navajos to serve in the Marines as Code Talkers.
The property itself is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as a national landmark because it exemplifies the motor court building type and it is associated with an individual who made significant contributions to American and world history. […]
The El Pueblo Motor Inn is one of 27 remaining motels, out of 50 in 1960, from Chicago to Los Angeles that contribute to the National Historic District of Route 66.
Johnson, who was born in 1892 in Topeka, Kan., came to Flagstaff at age 4 with his missionary father. He learned to speak Navajo while playing with the local children on the reservation. Johnson served in the Army in World War I, and noted that Comanche Indians were being used as code talkers by military units.
After Pearl Harbor was attacked and America entered the war, Johnston wrote a “Proposed Plan for Recruiting Indian Signal Corps Personnel,” which he submitted in February 1942 to Major General Clayton B. Vogel and his staff to convince them of the value of the Navajo language as code.
“Because of the fact that a complete understanding of words and terms comprising the various Indian languages could be had only by those whose ears had been highly trained in them, these dialects would be ideally suited to communication in various branches of our armed forces,” he wrote.
Johnston recommended recruitment from the Navajo tribe, because at 49,338 member, it was the largest tribe in the U.S., according to his research in 1942.
Johnson also joined the Marines at age 50 in 1942. After the war, he became an advocate for Native American issues until his death in 1978.
Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library keeps a collection of Johnson’s papers in its archives, although it’s noted that a sizable gap occurs between 1942 to 1945 — probably due to the top-secret nature of Johnson’s work at the time.
Memorial Day tribute 2011 May 30, 2011Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, People.
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Here is a list of military personnel from Route 66 towns who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq. I’ve also added informative links to each of the fallen, wherever possible.
Above is a song written more than 15 years ago and performed by Bruce Robison. It later became a big hit for the Dixie Chicks. It was a Vietnam story, but the story remains relevant.
- Staff Sgt. Oscar D. Vargas-Medina, died May 1, 2004
- 1st Sgt. Edward Smith, died April 5, 2003
- Sgt. Ivory L. Phipps, died March 17, 2004
- Pfc. Torry D. Harris, died July 13, 2004
- Sgt. Sirlou C. Cuaresma, died June 21, 2006
- Cmdr. Adrian Basil Szwec, died April 12, 2004
- Machinist’s Mate Fireman Apprentice Bryant L. Davis, died Nov. 7, 2001
- Master Sgt. Wilberto Sabalu Jr., died May 6, 2007
- Sgt. Eric A. Lill, died July 6, 2007
- Pfc. Omar E. Torres, died Aug. 22, 2007
- Cpl. Albert Bitton, died Feb. 20, 2008
- Pfc. Howard A. Jones Jr., died May 18, 2008
- Staff Sgt. Jason A. Vazquez, died Sept. 17, 2008
- Staff Sgt. Roberto Andrade Jr., died Jan. 18, 2009
- Spc. Omar M. Albrak, died May 9, 2009
- Sgt. Albert D. Ware, died Dec. 18, 2009
- Lance Cpl. John T. Sparks, died Oct. 8, 2010
- Spc. John R. Sullivan, died Nov. 15, 2003
- Sgt. Pedro J. Colon, died Feb. 19, 2007
- Lance Cpl. Raymond J. Holzhauer, died March 15, 2007
- Spc. Jessica L. Cawvey, died Oct. 6, 2004
- Spc. Jacob C. Palmatier, died Feb. 24, 2005
- Staff Sgt. Gary R. Harper Jr., died Oct. 9, 2005
- Spc. Jeremiah D. Costello, died June 2, 2007
- Pfc. Ryan C. Garbs, died Feb. 18, 2007
- Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Christopher Dostie, died Dec. 30, 2005
- Sgt. Steven P. Mennemeyer, died Aug. 9, 2006
- Maj. William F. Hecker III, died Jan. 5, 2006
- Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson, died March 16, 2006
- Pfc. James F. Costello III, died April 11, 2006
- Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Walsh, died Sept. 4, 2006
- Cpl. Jacob R. Fleischer, died Nov. 24, 2004
- Spc. Christopher M. Katzenberger, died Aug. 9, 2005
- Maj. Gloria D. Davis, died Dec. 12, 2006
- Lance Cpl. Matthew W. Clark, died Dec. 14, 2006
- Sgt. Milton A. Gist Jr., died Jan. 30, 2007
- Sgt. Brandon L. Wallace, died April 14, 2007
- Lt. Daniel P. Riordan, died June 23, 2007
- Pvt. Vincent C. Winston Jr., died Sept. 4, 2008
- 1st Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte, died May 20, 2009
- Cpl. Donald M. Marler, died June 6, 2010
- Spc. Peter J. Navarro, died Dec. 13, 2005
- Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher, died July 14, 2010
- Cpl. Riley E. Baker, died June 22, 2006
- Cpl. Michael C. Bailey, died June 16, 2010
- Corp. James E. Summers III, died May 28, 2007
- Spc. Bradley L. Melton, died May 16, 2011
- Spc. Michael C. Campbell, died May 19, 2004
- Pfc. Jesse Alan Givens, died May 1, 2003
- Sgt. Timothy J. Sutton, died July 11, 2005
- Sgt. 1st Class Randall L. Lamberson, died April 10, 2006
- Spc. Jessy G. Pollard, died Aug. 22, 2007
- Staff Sgt. Ronald C. Blystone, died April 23, 2008
- Pfc. Dylan T. Reid, died Oct. 16, 2010
- Master Sgt. Thomas A. Wallsmith, died Oct. 26, 2005
- Pvt. Dustin L. Kreider, died March 21, 2004
- Sgt. Justin Noyes, died July 2, 2006
- Pvt. Jason M. Ward, died Oct. 22, 2003
- Spc. James E. Marshall, died May 5, 2004
- Lance Cpl. Jordan D. Winkler, died Nov. 26, 2004
- Cpl. Nathaniel T. Hammond, died Nov. 8, 2004
- Cpl. Jared M. Shoemaker, died Sept. 4, 2006
- Cpl. Derek A. Stanley, died June 5, 2006
- Pfc. Jaron D. Holliday, died Aug. 4, 2007
- Cpl. Stephen S. Thompson, died Feb. 14, 2009
- Pfc. Ryan J. Grady, died July 1, 2010
- Cpl. Jeremy D. Allbaugh, died July 5, 2007
- Pfc. David J. Martin, died Oct. 31, 2005
- Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III, died Sept. 28, 2009
- Spc. Sonny Gene Sampler, died July 8, 2004
- Sgt. Carl W. Lee, died Nov. 28, 2004
- Cpl. Jeffry A. Rogers, died Nov. 16, 2005
- Staff Sgt. Lance M. Chase, died Jan. 23, 2006
- Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence S. Colton, died April 11, 2004
- Sgt. Danton K. Seitsinger, died Jan. 29, 2004
- Lance Cpl. Trevor A. Roberts, died March 24, 2007
- Sgt. Ryan M. Wood, died June 21, 2007
- Spc. Derek A. Calhoun, died June 23, 2007
- Staff Sgt. William D. Scates, died Aug. 11, 2007
- Chief Warrant Officer Brady J. Rudolf, died Sept. 18, 2008
- Air Force civilian Frank R. Walker, died Oct. 28, 2009
- Capt. Eric Bruce Das, died April 7, 2003
- Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, died March 23, 2003
- Spc. Taylor J. Burk, died Jan. 26, 2005
- Staff Sgt. Tommy Ike Folks Jr., died Oct. 19, 2005
- Chief Warrant Officer Miles P. Henderson, died Nov. 6, 2006
- Pfc. Troy D. Cooper, died Dec. 3, 2006
- Maj. Matthew Houseal, died May 11, 2009
- Lance Cpl. Shane P. Harris, died Sept. 3, 2006
- Lance Cpl. Jonathan Walter Grant, died May 11, 2005
- Pfc. Christopher Ramos, died April 5, 2004
- Pfc. Christopher S. Adlesperger, died Dec. 9, 2004
- Spc. Jeremy E. Christensen, died Nov. 27, 2004
- Spc. Christopher A. Merville, died Oct. 12, 2004
- Sgt. 1st Class Christopher J. Speer, died Aug. 7, 2002
- Spc. Eric Vizcaino, died Nov. 21, 2006
- Tech Sgt. Scott E. Duffman, died Feb. 18, 2007
- Spc. Clifford A. Spohn III, died April 9, 2007
- Maj. Douglas Zembiec, died May 10, 2007
- Sgt. James C. Akin, died June 3, 2007
- Capt. Thomas J. Casey, died Jan. 3, 2008
- Sgt. Jose R. Escobedo Jr., died March 19, 2009
- Pfc. Zachary G. Lovejoy, died Feb. 2, 2010
- Pvt. Charles M. High IV, died Aug. 17, 2010
- Spc. Damien M. Montoya, died July 9, 2006
- Sgt. Christopher N. Gonzalez, died May 14, 2007
- Lance Cpl. Marty G. Mortenson, died April 20, 2005
- Spc. Alyssa R. Peterson, died Sept. 15, 2003
- Staff Sgt. Eric James Lindstrom, died July 12, 2009
- Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm, died Nov. 4, 2010
- Hospitalman Joshua McIntosh, died June 26, 2003
- Staff Sgt. William T. Latham, died June 18, 2003
- Spc. Coty J. Phelps, died May 17, 2007
- Sgt. 1st Class James F. Hayes, died Nov. 6, 2005
- Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Phillip Daugherty, died July 6, 2007
- Lance Cpl. William J. Wiscowiche, died March 30, 2004
- Sgt. James K. Healy, died Jan. 7, 2008
- Cpl. Sean R. Grilley, died Oct. 16, 2003
- Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez, died Aug. 21, 2004
- Spc. Timothy D. Watkins, died Oct. 15, 2005
- Pfc. Alex Oceguera, died Oct. 31, 2006
- Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Molina Bautista, died May 23, 2004
- Spc. Luis D. Santos, died June 8, 2006
- Spc. Victor A. Garcia, died July 1, 2007
- Pfc. Leroy Harris-Kelly, died April 20, 2004
- Sgt. Kyle A. Colnot, died April 22, 2006
- Spc. Elias Elias, died Dec. 23, 2006
- Lance Corp. Blake H. Howey, died Feb. 18, 2007
- Staff Sgt. Thomas M. McFall, died May 28, 2007
- Lance Cpl. Raul Mercado, died Jan. 7, 2006
- Capt. Mark C. Paine, died Oct. 15, 2006
- Sgt. Lawrence J. Carter, died Dec. 29, 2006
- Spc. Ronnie J. Pallares, died Oct. 23, 2010
- Petty Officer 2nd Class Cesar O. Baez, died June 15, 2005
- Sgt. Shakere T. Guy, died Oct. 29, 2005
- Spc. Sergio Gudino, died Dec. 25, 2005
- Lance Cpl. Sergio H. Escobar, died Oct. 8, 2005
- Spc. Adam J. Rosema, died March 14, 2007
- Lance Cpl. Rogelio A. Ramirez, died Aug. 26, 2007
- Sgt. James E. Craig, died Jan. 28, 2008
- Staff Sgt. Juan de Dios Garcia-Arana, April 30, 2005
- Staff Sgt. Eddie E. Menyweather, died Nov. 23, 2003
- Lance Cpl. Benjamin R. Gonzalez, died May 29, 2004
- Staff Sgt. Abraham D. Penamedina, died April 27, 2004
- Sgt. 1st Class John W. Marshall, died April 8, 2003
- Pfc. Francisco Abraham Martinez Flores, died March 27, 2003
- Cpl. Jorge Alonso Gonzalez, died March 23, 2003
- Lance Cpl. Victor R. Lu, died Nov. 13, 2004
- Sgt. Trinidad R. Martinez-Luis, died Nov. 28, 2004
- Lance Cpl. Luis A. Figueroa, died Nov. 18, 2004
- Spc. Omead H. Razani, died Aug. 27, 2004
- Sgt. Edgar E. Lopez, died Aug. 28, 2004
- Sgt. 1st Class Joselito O. Villanueva, Sept. 27, 2004
- Lance Cpl. Felipe D. Sandoval-Flores, died April 2, 2006
- Lance Cpl. Salvador Guerrero, died June 9, 2006
- Cpl. Roberto Abad, died Aug. 6, 2004
- Pfc. Geoffrey Perez, died Aug. 15, 2004
- Lance Cpl. Veashna Muy, died June 23, 2005
- Cpl. Carlos Pineda, died June 24, 2005
- Lance Cpl. Dion M. Whitley, died June 15, 2005
- Sgt. Milton M. Monzon Jr., died July 24, 2005
- Sgt. Alejandro Carrillo, died Jan. 30, 2007
- Spc. Christopher D. Young, died March 2, 2007
- Spc. Romel Catalan, died June 2, 2007
- Staff Sgt. Greg P. Gagarin, died June 3, 2007
- Sgt. Robert T. Ayres III, died Sept. 29, 2007
- Staff Sgt. Joseph F. Curreri, died Oct. 27, 2007
- Sgt. 1st Class David Nunez, died May 29, 2008
- Sgt. Jose Regalado, died Nov. 12, 2008
- Capt. Kafele H. Sims, June 16, 2009
- Maj. Rocco M. Barnes, died June 4, 2009
- Pvt. Jhanner A. Tello, died Dec. 10, 2009
- Pfc. Jake W. Suter, died May 29, 2010
- Spc. Rudolph R. Hizon, died Feb. 28, 2011
(Sources: CNN.com, icasualties.org, WashingonPost.com)
Historic Monrovia hotel embroiled in dispute May 29, 2011Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels.
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The historic Aztec Hotel along Route 66 in Monrovia, Calif., apparently no longer faces foreclosure, but its future remains up in the air, according to a well-sourced story by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
The Monrovia Patch reported earlier this month that the architecturally distinctive hotel would be part of a foreclosure sale on May 16.
Owner Kathie Reece-McNeill prevented that from happening — at least temporarily — with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing that postponed the auction. But she is now ensnared in disputes with her bank and receiver Joel Hiser, who’s been managing the 1924 property since January.
There’s a lot of he-said-he-said in the story. But what’s apparently beyond dispute is the Aztec Hotel desperately needs roof repairs:
In court documents, Hiser and the bank alleged they found the Aztec in “deplorable condition,” including rat infestations, faulty smoke detectors and fire alarms, filthy guest rooms and a roof in need of major repairs – leaks have already caused the ceiling to come down in some rooms. […]
And Glen Duncan of the Route 66 Preservation Foundation said:
“It really needs a totally new roof; that was the primary thing,” Duncan said, noting Reece-McNeill might need a partner to put funds into restoration. “There’s no money in anybody’s budget to do a reroofing.”
Reece-McNeill has owned the hotel for more than a decade, and has spent a lot of money on renovations, as recently as 2007.