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 Bernardino, California, until the city's bankruptcy forced the stoppage of that classic-car event in 2012. … Continue reading Jack Brown, CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, dies at 78

Tale from a Route 66 childhood gets an Oscar nod

I missed this when it was announced last week, but a Pixar animator now is an Academy Award nominee because of his short film, inspired by his childhood at a Route 66 motel in California. Sanjay Patel, with producer Nicole Grindle, were nominated for an Oscar in the short film (animated) category for "Sanjay's Super Team." Here's a synopsis … Continue reading Tale from a Route 66 childhood gets an Oscar nod

San Bernardino mass shooting

You no doubt heard about the mass shooting Wednesday in the Route 66 town of San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead and 17 injured. The suspected shooters, an apparent husband-and-wife team, were slain during a confrontation with police later Wednesday. Initial reports of a third assailant never were confirmed. The best coverage I've seen … Continue reading San Bernardino mass shooting

A view from above Route 66

Mike and Casey Lynch recently took a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone to shoot amazing aerial footage along Route 66 in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Some of the things you'll find on this 14-minute video: Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, California Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande, California Anonymous Canyon in Newberry Springs, California Bagdad … Continue reading A view from above Route 66

Wayward pickup causes damage at Wigwam Motel

A suspected teenage drunken driver caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, California, when his pickup truck veered off the road and destroyed the motel's front fence, a light pole and other structures early Sunday morning. The crash happened about 3 a.m. The crash involving the pickup truck also damaged a … Continue reading Wayward pickup causes damage at Wigwam Motel

Couple marks 60th anniversary at Wigwam Motel

On Feb. 12, 1955, DeRoy and Rosemary Avila spent their first night as husband and wife at the Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, California. On Sunday, the Avilas celebrated their upcoming 60th anniversary at the place where it started -- the Route 66 landmark that's changed little over the decades, reported the Inland Valley Daily … Continue reading Couple marks 60th anniversary at Wigwam Motel

A semblance of the Route 66 Rendezvous

This video by AmericaJR.com at the recently completed Rendezvous Back to Route 66 car show at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, California, is illuminating. In short, this year's event -- presented by the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce -- is an effort to keep a smaller version of the Route 66 Rendezvous alive. … Continue reading A semblance of the Route 66 Rendezvous

Many brick buildings in California vulnerable to quakes

After a multitude of earthquakes in California during the 1970s and '80s, we've long assumed the state's old buildings are much less susceptible to damage because of new codes. That's not the case. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that thousands of brick buildings in the region remain unstrengthened against earthquakes, especially in poor municipalities such … Continue reading Many brick buildings in California vulnerable to quakes

Route 66 Rendezvous, 20 years ago

This 20-minute video provides a look at the 1994 edition of the Route 66 Rendezvous in San Bernardino, California. It was only the fifth year for the annual event, and it already was huge. You'll even see Paul Taylor, publisher of Route 66 Magazine, back when it was still published in Williams, Arizona. It since … Continue reading Route 66 Rendezvous, 20 years ago

A chat with Kumar Patel at the Wigwam Motel

The Genuine Route 66 Life series points the camera at Kumar Patel, whose family bought the historic Wigwam Motel of San Bernardino, California. https://youtu.be/agYR4mqizh4 The Patels have owned the Wigwam for about 10 years, and have received several awards for the restoration of the property. Before then, the Wigwam had declined into a seedy place … Continue reading A chat with Kumar Patel at the Wigwam Motel