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  1. RoadDog

    Official Denny Gibson Happy Birthday Thread

    Further proof that those "old" two-laners make you younger.
  2. What? Willis Tower which used to be called the Sears Tower. A London-based insurance brokerage with little US name recognition just rented 140,000 square feet and got the naming rights. Personally, I will continue to call it the Sears Tower. Now, when visiting Chi-Town, you can visit the Aon Building, US Cellular Field, the James R. Thompson Center, and the Palmolive-No, Playboy-No Palmolive Building. Go north to Evanston and see the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field.
  3. Must be back to the farning days. Have I got a deal for you!!! Well, Sears Tower is corporate, as is Wrigley Field. Next thing you know, Chicago's other tall building will be Crooked CEOs Lair.
  4. RoadDog

    Spring 2009 Cruise

    I'm in. I'll try to get Liz to come as well. I would also like to see Carl Fisher's grave in Indianapolis since this is Abe's 200th. Hopefully there will not be any blue laws. Thanks again, Denny. I've already seen the sign museum. but will definitely see it again. Thanks for setting this all up, Denny.
  5. The February 7th List Universe at www.listverse.com had a list of top ten spots along the the Mother Road. Good pictures and captions. Of course, we know ther are a lot more to see than just ten. It included the Round Barn, U-Drop Inn, Cozy Dog, Big Texan, WigWam Villages, Meteor Crater, El Rancjo Hotel, Jack Rabbit, Lou Mitchell's, and Number 1, the Leaning Tower of Groom. Earlier, they had a first list of top ten.
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    Gas Prices

    Uh-Oh. Gas prices are starting to creep up again here along the Wisconsin-Illinois border. Regular currently at $1.94.
  7. Yesterday marked the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the namesake of the Lincoln Highway. The Chicago Tribune ran an "If Abe were able to celebrate 200" including things he would like and wouldn't. Steve Johnson wrote this. What Lincoln Would Like Least: ** Horseless carriage named after him intended for the wealthy. ** The way everybody just says "87" instead of "Four score and seven." ** Wouldn't have been caught dead in the shoes the Lincoln Memorial has him in. ** Key lesson of the Gettysburg Address--brevity--apparently lost on Ken Burns. ** Still confused about digital TV transition. ** A penny? Come On. I think Abe would have appreciated the list and found humor in it. I'm sure he would have been honored to have the first transcontinental road named after him.
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    The Day The Music Died 50 Years Later

    The news of their deaths had no impact on me. Besides being 9 at the time, I wasn't listening to music. That changed five years later when the four lads from Liverpool arrived and appeared on Sullivan. We are now looking at the 45th anniversary of those days. Wednesday night, I played "I Want to Hold You" and "She Loves You" for a group of 6-8th graders and they really liked it. I do have to wonder what impact Ritchie Valens would have had on the music with his Mexican heritage.
  9. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its 2009 Dozen Distictive Destinations. They are: 1. Athens, Ga.* 2. Briston, RI 3. Buffalo, NY* 4. Fort Worth, Tx 5. Franklin, Tn* 6. Hot Springs, SD 7. Lake Geneva, Wi* 8. Lititz, Pa 9. Santa Barbara, Ca 10. Santa Fe, NM 11. Saugatuck-Douglas, Mi* 12. Virginia City, Nv.* I've been to these. We only live abiout 20 miles from Lake Geneva, a really great place to visit. Never heard of #2 and #8. How many have you visited?
  10. RoadDog

    Spring 2009 Cruise

    I'm up for anything. Let me know.
  11. RoadDog

    Vandalia Statehouse Reopens!

    As the TV cop would say, "Works for me." It would have been a shame to have it closes for the bicentennial.
  12. RoadDog

    Was Santa Good To You?

    My answer is yes. My wife had two of my prized possessions framed. One was of the Blue Swallow sign in Tucumcari with one of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen. I'd bought it back in 2006, after a visit. The motel's owner had set up outside for many hours over many days to get this one special. Also, back in 2006, while attending the Munger-Moss anniversary celebration, I was lucky enough to win one of Ken Turmel's post office art prints. Until now, it remained rolled up in the tube, but no more. My mother got me an original watercolor of Wilber's BBQ in Goldsboro,NC, by noted artist Brenda Behr. She had it framed and I had the owner, Wilber Shirley sign a business card which I put on the front. I really love my Carolina-style 'cue. Now, I just need to find places on the wall to put these up. No easy chore after living here for 16 years. What roadie stuff did you get?
  13. RoadDog

    Christmas Wishes

    And....we can afford the gas, at least for awhile. I know the gas crunch seriously slowed Liz and my travels this past year. It's $1.70 here in northeast Illinois.
  14. Came across an article about this short road in Stratford, Connecticut that was designed by George L. Dunkelberger and Weld Thayer Chase who made it not only utilitarian, but a place folks would want to pull off for a picnic and admire the views. It was once toll, but now free. I didn't know toll roads ceased to be toll roads. Certainly not around here in Chicago.
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    Gas Prices

    Gas was $1.50 here outside of Chicago two days ago. Didn't get out yesterday because of ANOTHER snowstorm. We need a break. This one even worse as it rained first. Hate when it does that.
  16. RoadDog

    Good Ford Story

    Mu uncle sent this to me. I'd never heard the story before. Henry Ford was traveling in Mississippi in 1930 in a new Model A Touring car when he got stuck in the mud. He and his driver attempted to get the car out, but to no avail. Finally, a 14-year-old boy by and said to Mr. Ford (whom he didn't know), "I kin go get my daddy to bring a team of mules to pull you out; but Mister, if you'a had a 'Tin Lizzie' you wouldn't be stuck no how!" Mr. Ford knew this very well as the Model T had much higher ground clearance and larger tires. The boy's father arrived and pulled the hapless automaker out, but wouldn't accept payment saying he was just doing what anyone else in Mississippi would do. Ford got his name and address and had his factory in Detroit build the father a special touring car with all the available accessories and sent it to him. Great story. I wonder how we could use it for the proposed automaker bailout?
  17. The 1930 Airplane Filling Station on Clinton Highway in Powell, Tennessee (near Knoxville), received a $9000 grant to do interior structural repairs. I'd never heard of it, but will check it out next time I'm in the area. I saw pictures of it. Neat place. Anyone ever seen it before? Clinton Highway is also US-25 and the article mentioned that was also once part of the Dixie Highway.
  18. Well, a small stretch of it between McDowell and Buncombe up in the mountains. It is now known as Point Lookout Trail for biking and hiking. And...it will take you to the old tourist spot of the same name. The NCDOT, several municipalities, US Forest Service and a few private landowners cooperated on it. Point Lookout was a popular stopping point and overlook on Old US-70. Founded in the 1920s, it had an observatiobn deck, huge flagpole, and restaurant overlooking Royal Gorge. Also, there was Sally the brown bear who was a popular attraction kept on the grounds. There was an oldpostcard offered on e-Bay for $4.95, and three photos at www.gribblenation.com/ncpics/old10/lookout2.html Nice going you Tarheels.
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    Gas Prices

    Heading out on the road in about a week and a half. Hope these prices remain low. Here in Fox Lake, in northeastern Illinois,it has gotten down to $2.24 a gallon. What are prices in your areas now?
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    Greetings From Pigeon Forge!

    Liz and I went through and stayed at Sevirville and Gatlinburg this past October. The last time we'd been there was back in the mid-70s. It's gotten HUGE!!!
  21. RoadDog

    Hen House Chain

    That's the one. We plan on visiting it the next time in Springfield.
  22. RoadDog

    Hen House Chain

    After crossing the Chain of Rocks bridge yesterday, Liz and I finally got around to eating at a Hen House located in Pontoon Beach, right off I-270 and Route 66, across from the old Bel Aire Drive In sign. Great breakfst and some really good biscuits and gravy. It's sort of like a small Cracker Barrel, and you even have those little wooden IQ gsmes where you try to jump the pieces and end up with just one. Spent too much time with this maddening object. They even have a gift shop and guess what, you can buy one of these maddening games. Talked with the manager who also is in charge of the five remaining Hen Houses, all in Illinois. There is also another one south of Springfield off I-55 and Route 66, and, Chenoa Family Restaurant, closer to Chicago, was also a Hen House. He told me the chain started in 1969 and at one time had 42 restaurants spread across five states. They are painted red and have distinctive architecture. So. Next Time in Illinois, Eat at the Hen. --RoadDog
  23. An article in the June 2nd Seattle Times says the good folks in Needles, Ca., are just angry enough at slights from the state and San Bernardino County (they're 220 miles from the county seat, how'd you like to pay a ticket there), that they are considering seceding and joining Arizona or Nevada where the grass is greener. Should they or should they not? I kind of support them, but then I'm a rebel and secession is sort of in my blood. Maybe someone could get he url and post it so you can read the article.
  24. Tomorrow, September 16th, marks the 100th birthday of General Motors, which was formed by Durant in 1908. Let's hope for many more, even with these hard times.
  25. In yesterday's Chicago Tribune, Alan Barrett, who intends to eat at a different breakfast spot every Saturday, picked his favorite spots so far. Best Coffe-- Ina's at 1235 W. Randolph Street Best Omelets-- Orange at 3231 N. Clark Street Best Breakfast Burritos-- Hot Spot-- 2824 W. Armitage Avenue Best Overall: Palace Grill-- 1408 W. Madison Eleven City Diner-- 1112 S. Wabash AND, at 565 W. Jackson, "Never gets old" according to Alan, ... Places to check out. Well, Everybody's Got to Have a Goal in Life. --RoadDog
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