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Book review: ‘Route 66: An American Myth’

Book review: ‘Route 66: An American Myth’

Before this book review begins, one needs to review the definitions of the word “myth.” According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the first entry to define that word is “a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part…

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Author traveling Route 66 in 1930 Ford Model A for book project

Author traveling Route 66 in 1930 Ford Model A for book project

Noted author and retired professor T. Lindsay Baker is traveling Route 66 in a 1930 Ford Model A as part of research into a book he’ll be writing about restaurants and dining along the Mother Road. Tulsa World columnist Ginnie…

Book review: “The 1928 Bunion Derby”

Book review: “The 1928 Bunion Derby”

Before going in-depth with this review of James R. Powell’s “The 1928 Bunion Derby,” prospective customers should know right away it is not a turn-by-turn guidebook to the infamous 3,423-mile Trans-American Footrace from Los Angeles to New York City —…

Dutch Route 66 guidebook published

Dutch Route 66 guidebook published

Longtime Route 66 enthusiast Dries Bessels recently published a Dutch Route 66 guidebook as a fundraiser for the Dutch Route 66 Association. The book, which is in the Dutch language, contains more than 700 photographs and is 220 pages. Bessels…

Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Two professors from the University of New Mexico were given a state preservation award for saving hundreds of old drawings from the state’s oldest neon-sign company. Many of them mock-ups of signs eventually were installed on Route 66. The New…

Book review: “The Route 66 Adventure Handbook” (fifth edition)

Book review: “The Route 66 Adventure Handbook” (fifth edition)

Bigger and better. That’s the takeaway from Drew Knowles’ fifth edition of his “Route 66 Adventure Handbook.” Knowles keeps adding new things to new editions of his book, which comes out every five years or so. Knowles’ first “Route 66…

Book review: “Route 66 Splendor: An Adult Coloring Book”

Book review: “Route 66 Splendor: An Adult Coloring Book”

At least one Route 66 adult coloring has hit the market, and more probably will to take advantage of the craze. But they will be hard-pressed to surpass Jo Ann Kargus’ newly published “Route 66 Splendor: An Adult Coloring Book.”…

Surprise wedding at Route 66 Neon Festival

Surprise wedding at Route 66 Neon Festival

Those who attended the Arcadia Route 66 Neon Fest headquartered last weekend at Jim Ross’ house off old Route 66 near Arcadia, Oklahoma, got a surprise — the wedding of two longtime roadies,officiated by a third longtime roadie. Ross and…

“Route 66: In Search of Ghosts and Treasures” contains major revisions, additions

“Route 66: In Search of Ghosts and Treasures” contains major revisions, additions

A few weeks ago, author Phyllis Chandler Grey informed me by email she was publishing a revised paperback version of her 2016 children’s book “Route 66: In Search of Ghosts and Treasures.” I said the new volume probably didn’t warrant…

Two prominent Kingman figures named to Arizona hall of fame

Two prominent Kingman figures named to Arizona hall of fame

Late actor Andy Devine and artist-author Bob Boze Bell, both whom had long and enduring links to Kingman, Arizona, and Route 66, were named to the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame a few weeks ago. Late western author Zane…

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