Book review: “Promise Unfulfilled: The Brief Life and Bizarre Death of Actor Robert Morris”

A question has dogged the "Route 66" television series for decades: What the heck happened to Robert Morris, the actor once slated to co-star in the drama who died less than a year after it launched? A new, self-published book by Vernon Gravely, "Promise Unfulfilled: The Brief Life and Bizarre Death of Actor Robert Morris" … Continue reading Book review: “Promise Unfulfilled: The Brief Life and Bizarre Death of Actor Robert Morris”

“Bless Me, Ultima” author Rudolfo Anaya dies at age 82

Rudolfo Anaya, author of the acclaimed novel "Bless Me, Ultima" and the widely acknowledged founder of Chicano literature, died Sunday at age 82. He spent much of his childhood in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and remains the Route 66 town's most famous person. Anaya was in declining health in recent years, his niece told the … Continue reading “Bless Me, Ultima” author Rudolfo Anaya dies at age 82

Fabled elm trees west of Clinton may not be around much longer

Elm trees west of Clinton, Oklahoma, documented in Michael Wallis' seminal 1990 book "Route 66: The Mother Road" have died at an alarming rate in recent years and may not be long for this world. A longtime reader with a keen eye alerted me to this a few days ago and shot a short video … Continue reading Fabled elm trees west of Clinton may not be around much longer

Books review: “Yesterday’s Highways” and “America’s First Highways”

Prolific author Stephen H. Provost this spring released two books barely two months apart about the early history of American roads and the so-called golden age of U.S. highways. "America's First Highways" delves into the pre-1926 era when the nation's main roads -- including a precursor to Route 66 -- were named and not numbered. … Continue reading Books review: “Yesterday’s Highways” and “America’s First Highways”

Retiring Public Radio Tulsa director plans books on Route 66 motels, theaters in Tulsa

Pierce Pennant Terminal in Tulsa Steve Clem, operations director at Public Radio Tulsa for 11 years, retired last week from his post and is planning two books about defunct theaters and Route 66 motels in that city. During a Q&A session with his now-former employer, Clem revealed about projects he has in the hopper: PRT: … Continue reading Retiring Public Radio Tulsa director plans books on Route 66 motels, theaters in Tulsa

Program features Route 66 artist Jerry McClanahan, Round Barn volunteer Mr. Sam

The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, which contains a network of PBS stations across the state, recently aired a 28-minute "Gallery America" segment about Route 66 artist and researcher Jerry McClanahan and effervescent Arcadia Round Barn volunteer "Mr. Sam" Gillaspy. The program is well-produced. Check it out below: McClanahan's art gallery just off Route 66 in … Continue reading Program features Route 66 artist Jerry McClanahan, Round Barn volunteer Mr. Sam

“On Route 66 for the First Time” issues expanded third edition in more languages

Touch Media, developer of the Route 66 Navigation app and creator of the Route 66 Passport, this week announced it has released a third and extended edition of its "On Route 66 For The First Time" e-book. The free, 230-page guidebook "explains to the traveler what awaits them on historic Route 66 and how to … Continue reading “On Route 66 for the First Time” issues expanded third edition in more languages

Book review: “Overground Railroad”

Candacy Taylor's book, "Overground Railroad," about the Negro Motorist Green Book and the history of African-American travel, will prove provocative and even shocking to some readers -- including the chapter devoted to Route 66. Subtitled "The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America" (Abrams Press, hardcover, 360 pages, 150 illustrations), the years … Continue reading Book review: “Overground Railroad”

Oklahoma City station features Route 66 researcher and artist Jerry McClanahan

KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City recently ventured to Chandler, Oklahoma, to do a 2 1/2-minute feature about Route 66 artist and researcher Jerry McClanahan at his shop there. The best part from the video's transcript: Just outside sits an idling 1954 Chevy station wagon, not so different from the cars his father used to drive on … Continue reading Oklahoma City station features Route 66 researcher and artist Jerry McClanahan

Book review: “A Matter of Time”

The new book "A Matter of Time" (272 pages, 174 photos, hardcover, University of Oklahoma Press) featuring Ellen Klinkel's black-and-white photographs may appear to be a coffee-table book -- and a very good one. But it's the text by co-author Nick Gerlich that sets the book apart from typical Route 66 volumes, offering a modern … Continue reading Book review: “A Matter of Time”