Edward Keating, Pulitzer-winning and photographer of Route 66, dies

Edward Keating, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in photography who spent years documenting Route 66, died Sunday. He was 65. His wife, Carrie, broke the news about Keating's passing Monday on Facebook. She did not disclose his cause of death. His brother-in-law said Keating's wife and two daughters were by his side when he … Continue reading Edward Keating, Pulitzer-winning and photographer of Route 66, dies

Susan Croce Kelly to be inducted into Missouri Writers Hall of Fame

Susan Croce Kelly, an author of two notable books about Route 66, will be inducted Sept. 30 into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame during a special online edition of the organization’s annual Quill Gala. The award will be presented during a virtual ceremony that will feature a live roundtable discussion with Kelly. Kelly is … Continue reading Susan Croce Kelly to be inducted into Missouri Writers Hall of Fame

Restored version of “The Outsiders” film to be screened at Circle Cinema in Tulsa on Sept. 26, 29

The Circle Cinema of Tulsa, in partnership with The Outsiders House Museum in town, will show a newly restored cut of "The Outsiders Complete Novel" -- a final version of Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 adaptation of S.E. Hinton's classic book -- on 2 p.m. Sept. 26 and 7 p.m. Sept. 29. The Circle Cinema, along … Continue reading Restored version of “The Outsiders” film to be screened at Circle Cinema in Tulsa on Sept. 26, 29

Book review: “A Sports Fan’s Guide to Route 66”

Here's a new guidebook that takes on a previously unexplored aspect of Route 66 -- local sports teams that help unite those communities. Ron Clements' "A Sports Fan's Guide to Route 66" (Amazon link; Imbrifex Books, paperback, 352 pages, Kindle version available) takes the traditional east-to-west path on the eight states that Route 66 traverses … Continue reading Book review: “A Sports Fan’s Guide to Route 66”

California nearly used atomic bombs to help bypass Route 66 in California

California highway planners seriously considered the use of nearly two dozen atomic bombs to level a mountain range so a new alignment of Interstate 40 could be built through the Mojave Desert and thus bypass Route 66. Newsmen and other observers watch a cloud of dust emerge in the distance several seconds after an underground … Continue reading California nearly used atomic bombs to help bypass Route 66 in California

Veteran journalist bicycles length of Route 66 during pandemic for a future book

Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan recently caught up with veteran journalist Michael Sean Comerford, who cycled the length of Route 66 during the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year and talked to scores of people along the way. Comerford began his journey from Chicago in March, averaging 35 to 70 miles daily, with a sign affixed … Continue reading Veteran journalist bicycles length of Route 66 during pandemic for a future book

Admiral Twin Drive-In in Tulsa to mark 70th year with “The Outsiders” screening

The Admiral Twin Drive-In theater in Tulsa will celebrate its 70th anniversary this weekend with special screenings of "The Outsiders," part of which was shot at the historic Route 66 theater. The 1983 movie, based on the classic novel by Tulsa-area resident S.E. Hinton, will be shown Friday, Saturday and Sunday, reported the Tulsa World. … Continue reading Admiral Twin Drive-In in Tulsa to mark 70th year with “The Outsiders” screening

Owner of Outsiders House in Tulsa plans a second museum

The owner of The Outsiders House Museum in Tulsa is planning a second museum at an undisclosed location to hold items related to "The Outsiders" novelist S.E. Hinton. Danny Boy O'Connor, a member of the House of Pain hip-hop group who was deeply influenced by the book and film, purchased the ramshackle north Tulsa house … Continue reading Owner of Outsiders House in Tulsa plans a second museum

Did Ernest Hemingway really write “The Old Man and the Sea” at Cubero?

PBS-TV this week is airing a three-part series about famed author Ernest Hemingway that's co-directed by Lynn Novak and esteemed filmmaker Ken Burns. Thoughts by Hemingway buffs who watch the series may turn to the Route 66 village of Cubero, New Mexico, where Hemingway was reputed to have written "The Old Man and the Sea" … Continue reading Did Ernest Hemingway really write “The Old Man and the Sea” at Cubero?

Savior of “The Outsiders” House in Tulsa rescues 11th Street Cleaners neon sign

The savior of the house used in "The Outsiders" film in Tulsa recently purchased the 11th Street Cleaners neon sign that once stood along Route 66 downtown. Danny Boy O'Connor, a member of the now-defunct House of Pain rap group and owner of The Outsiders House Museum, apparently procured the sign from a store in … Continue reading Savior of “The Outsiders” House in Tulsa rescues 11th Street Cleaners neon sign