“Dukes of Hazzard” star makes an apparent mental side trip on Route 66

I stumbled upon this story about former "Dukes of Hazzard" television star John Schneider's upcoming show at the Five Star Dive Bar in downtown Elkhart, Indiana. Anyone alive from 1979 to 1985 probably remembers Schneider's Dixie-fried comedy farce on CBS-TV with co-stars Tom Wopat and Catherine Bach. But Schneider also had a successful career as … Continue reading “Dukes of Hazzard” star makes an apparent mental side trip on Route 66

William Shatner gets his kicks on “Route 66” song

William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the "Star Trek" television series and movies, recorded a version of Bobby Troup's "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" for his new blues album. The song includes guitarist Steve Cropper, who played with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T & the MGs and … Continue reading William Shatner gets his kicks on “Route 66” song

“Austin City Limits” will air Asleep At the Wheel retrospective Oct. 31

The long-running PBS-TV music program "Austin City Limits" next month will broadcast a special retrospective on the western-swing band Asleep at the Wheel, both of which is marking its 50th anniversary. Asleep At the Wheel performed on the show's first episode back in 1970. In total, the band has appeared on the show 11 times … Continue reading “Austin City Limits” will air Asleep At the Wheel retrospective Oct. 31

Vincent Cricchio will debut 109-episode video series about Route 66 on Aug. 23

Vincent Cricchio of New Jersey after years of post-production will debut a 109-episode video series about Route 66 on YouTube, starting Aug. 23. Cricchio stated on Facebook he's spent about a decade editing the footage he shot in late summer 2010 from Chicago to Los Angeles. He wrote: Many of the personalities still can be … Continue reading Vincent Cricchio will debut 109-episode video series about Route 66 on Aug. 23

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”

Smithsonian Channel puts ‘Green Book: Guide to Freedom’ episode online

If you've got about an hour to kill, I highly recommend you watch "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom" that originally aired on the Smithsonian Channel in February 2019. The full 51-minute video showed up Monday on the Smithsonian's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/xjAppLwDm6U For the uninitiated, the Negro Motorist Green Book was published during the Jim … Continue reading Smithsonian Channel puts ‘Green Book: Guide to Freedom’ episode online

“Small Town Big Deal” TV crew shooting episodes along Route 66

A crew from the "Small Town Big Deal" television program has shot along Route 66 in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma for several upcoming episodes. "Small Town Big Deal," hosted by Rodney Miller and Jann Carl, originated on RFD-TV and became the cable channel's highest-rated program. The show went into syndication and now airs on 160 … Continue reading “Small Town Big Deal” TV crew shooting episodes along Route 66

Reality show to be filmed at Uranus Missouri next month

The owner of the Uranus Missouri complex near St. Robert said a reality-television show will begin filming there in the next few weeks. Louie Keen, the owner of the complex, stated this Friday on Facebook with his typical touch of irreverence: Some great news this morning!It appears our Reality Show is a GO!Video crew staff … Continue reading Reality show to be filmed at Uranus Missouri next month

French TV crew to film a segment on Route 66, Kingman next week

A French television crew will be in Kingman, Arizona, and on Route 66 to Seligman, Arizona, on Wednesday and Thursday to film a long-running program there. The program is "Echappees Belles" (translates to "Great Escapes") hosted by Sophie Jovillard. Thunder-Rode Motorcycle Accessories of downtown Kingman will play a big role in the program. According to … Continue reading French TV crew to film a segment on Route 66, Kingman next week

Daredevil “Mad” Mike Hughes killed in rocket crash near Barstow

Daredevil "Mad" Mike Hughes, probably best known for his homemade rocket launch near the Route 66 town of Amboy, California, two years ago, died in a rocket crash Saturday near Barstow after its parachute apparently separated from the craft after liftoff. Hughes, who resided in Apple Valley, California, was 64. The San Bernardino County Sun … Continue reading Daredevil “Mad” Mike Hughes killed in rocket crash near Barstow