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A chat with Jerry McClanahan November 19, 2014

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Route 66 Author & Artist Jerry McClanahan

KC Keefer adds to his “Genuine Route 66 Life” video series with a talk with Route 66 artist, author and researcher Jerry McClanahan at his studio in Chandler, Oklahoma.

McClanahan has been traveling regularly on Route 66 for more than 30 years, and his memories of the Mother Road date back even further.

Novice motorists — and even experienced ones — are urged to buy his guidebook, “Route 66: EZ Guide for Travelers.” And he keeps up with changes on the road through his website as well.

(Image of Jerry McClanahan by RoadTripMemories via Flickr)

A visit to the Ariston Cafe October 11, 2014

Posted by Ron Warnick in History, People, Restaurants.
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Continuing with his Genuine Route 66 Life video series, KC Keefer sat down with Paul Adam, a third-generation manager for the historic Ariston Cafe on Route 66 in Litchfield, Illinois.

This video comes out during the restaurant’s 90th anniversary. It started a couple of years before Route 66 existed in Carlinville, Illinois, which wound up on the original alignment of the Mother Road in that region. The Ariston moved to Litchfield in 1935, a few years after Route 66 was moved there.

If you do go to the Ariston, try to snag one of the old-school wooden booths. If those are full, the old-school counter seats will do.

It’s a genuine landmark in central Illinois that’s found favor with locals and tourists.

(Image of the Ariston Cafe by Alan Berning via Flickr)

Maple sirup and blue whales August 31, 2014

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Businesses, People.
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Since vacation, I’m getting caught up on KC Keefer’s latest videos on his Genuine Route 66 Life series. One that I missed was an interview with Glaida Funk, matriarch of the historic Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup business on Route 66 in Funks Grove, Illinois.

The second is an interview with Linda Hobbs, a volunteer at the gift shop for Route 66’sĀ iconic Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma. She details some of the restoration of the adjacent grounds that once housed a children’s zoo.

A visit with Rich Henry August 5, 2014

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KC Keefer continues his “Genuine Route 66 Life” video series with an interview of Rich Henry, owner of Henry’s Rabbit Ranch on a stretch of old Route 66 in Staunton, Illinois.

It’s good to see Henry breaking in a new bunny to greet tourists. He has to do that every few years because their life span is so short. Montana, who gained fame for president but died before Election Day, lived to age 7 — a very old age for domesticated rabbits.

(Image of one of the many residents at Henry’s Rabbit Ranch by Brian Marsh via Flickr)

A visit to the Palms Grill Cafe July 2, 2014

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KC Keefer, on his Genuine Route 66 Life video series, interviews Angel French at the historic Palms Grill Cafe on Route 66 in downtown Atlanta, Illinois.

The Palms Grill, built in 1934, was restored in 2009 and quickly became a must-stop for travelers — especially for folks who like a small-town atmosphere and pie.

The Palms Grill Cafe also has a Facebook page that’s updated regularly.

(Image of the Palms Grill Cafe by thinktk via Flickr)

A chat with Rich Dinkela June 4, 2014

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KC Keefer, the guy behind the ongoing Genuine Route 66 Life video series, produced a new clip about “Roamin’ Rich” Dinkela. The interview occurred at the closed MacArthur Bridge in St. Louis.

For a seven-minute clip, it nicely encompasses Dinkela’s approach and his many activities on the Mother Road.

You can follow Dinkela at his YouTube channel here, on Facebook here, on Twitter here, and on his Hooked on Route 66 website.

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