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“Route 66” as heard in 1946

If you want to hear what “Route 66” sounded like when it was first recorded and released by Nat King Cole in 1946, this is the closest thing to it — a 78 rpm record. Advertisements Advertisements

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“American Giants,” Episode 7

Here is the seventh episode of Joel Baker’s “American Giants” series, about the history of Muffler Men fiberglass figures. This episode, based in the Chicago area, delves into the difficulty of finding the history and spare parts for Muffler Men.

JFK cruised Route 66 in Albuquerque

KOB-TV in Albuquerque found a gentleman in town who used a home movie camera to document President John F. Kennedy and his motorcade going down Central Avenue (aka Route 66) in 1962. The footage had never been seen in public…

Book review: “Route 66 Treasures”

A new book from prolific author Jim Hinckley, “Route 66 Treasures” (64 pages, hardback, Voyageur Press, $30 U.S. retail) might seem just a simple collection of facsimile souvenirs from the Mother Road. It is that, but it’s more. Although its…

A critique of Route 66 Beer

This fellow who calls himself The Beer Whisperer gives a taste test to Route 66 Beer. Once you get past the curses from him for accidentally spilling some of the beer and the video’s low quality, the guy provides a…

“Road Trip” episode from 2004

Here’s the complete 44-minute episode of the Discovery Channel’s “Road Trip” program that prominently featured Route 66. The episode shows Las Vegas’ neon-sign boneyard before it opened, the Oatman Hotel when it was still taking overnight guests, and a lot…

Coming soon to your road

The Czech Route 66 Association will shoot another feature-length documentary about Route 66 next May. Its first film back in 2010 was televised all over Europe, and it’s hoped this one will do the same.

Trip on Route 66 inspires new children’s book

Avid cyclist Steve Kime, who bicycled the length of Oklahoma nearly a decade ago for the Special Olympics, drew inspiration from a Route 66 trip for a new children’s book, “Rollin on Route 66.” The Edmond Sun caught up with…

66ers baseball team unveils new logos

The Inland Empire 66ers baseball team unveiled new logos that still pay tribute to Route 66 but go more in a muscle car and mechanic theme than the Route 66 shield. The Class A minor-league team, based in San Bernardino,…

Gillioz Theatre auction postponed; agreement reached

An auction planned Friday for the financially troubled Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield, Mo., was postponed at least a week amid a pending agreement. According to the Springfield News-Leader reported Friday: “The Board of the Springfield Landmarks Preservation Trust has reached…

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