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Michael Wallis’ voice now greets visitors at Tulsa airport

Michael Wallis’ voice now greets visitors at Tulsa airport

Starting today, visitors to Tulsa International Airport will receive a new recorded greeting from none other than best-selling Route 66 author, Radiator Springs sheriff and longtime Tulsa resident Michael Wallis. And, yes, Wallis touts Route 66 as part of the…

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Book review: “Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip”

Book review: “Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip”

It’s a book I’m a bit surprised hasn’t been done before — a few chums travel down Route 66 searching for “barn finds” of classic cars. In case you’re not familiar with the term, “barn find” is a long-neglected classic car…

Savior of Twin Arrows landmark found dead in murder-suicide

Savior of Twin Arrows landmark found dead in murder-suicide

Mary Smeal, who reportedly was responsible more than any other person for the restoration a few years ago of the Twin Arrows off Route 66 in Arizona, was found dead Wednesday an apparent murder-suicide. Coconino County sheriff’s deputies found the…

Jack Brown, CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, dies at 78

Jack Brown, CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, dies at 78

Jack Brown, 78, longtime CEO of Southern California’s Stater Bros. Markets chain, died Sunday night surrounded by family members, according to a news release from the company Monday. Stater Bros. was the longtime chief sponsor of the Route 66 Rendezvous in San…

Angel Delgadillo archives given to university

Angel Delgadillo archives given to university

Northern Arizona University announced Friday it accepted the archives of longtime Route 66 champion Angel Delgadillo to its collection. The announcement came in Delgadillo’s hometown of Seligman, Arizona, on the 90th birthday of Route 66. Delgadillo, 89, known as the…

Boot Hill in Vega sold; its restaurant days are done

Boot Hill in Vega sold; its restaurant days are done

The closed Boot Hill Saloon and Grill in Vega, Texas, sold recently, but its new life won’t be as a restaurant. Its now-former owner, Rory Schepisi, wrote in a Facebook post and video Nov. 1: Boot Hill Saloon And Grill is…

Whitehall Mercantile in Halltown will close in a few weeks

Whitehall Mercantile in Halltown will close in a few weeks

Whitehall Mercantile, a stop for many Route 66 in travelers in Halltown, Missouri, for more than 30 years, probably will close before the end of the year. Owner Jerry White, 83, told the Ozarks Alive blog there are two reasons…

Hello from Seligman

Hello from Seligman

It’s good to see Joe Clark still busking in front of the Rusty Bolt store along Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona. A few videos of him performing are floating around the Internet. This spirited cover of Bobby Troup’s most famous…

Honeymooners’ trip down Route 66

Honeymooners’ trip down Route 66

The good folks at the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, flagged this video the other day on Facebook, saying: Giacomo and Giulia from Italy traveled Route 66 on their Honeymoon earlier this year, and we were honored to…

Harley Russell documentary premieres Saturday at short-film festival

Harley Russell documentary premieres Saturday at short-film festival

Filmmaker March Mercanti will premiere his documentary about Harley Russell of the Mediocre Music Makers in Erick, Oklahoma, on Saturday at the San Jose International Short Film Festival. The nearly 14-minute film is titled simply “Harley.” Here is the summary: Despite living…

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