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  1. RoadDog

    Obituaries in the News

    Sorry to see that Jerry Reid, old Cledus "Snowman" Snow has gone to that great highway in the sky. Unfortunately, he was probably better known for his role in Smokey and the Bandit, than his music, which was also impressive with tunes like "When You're Hot, You're Hot," "Amos Moses." and "She Got the GoldMine, I Got the Shaft." Smokey and the Bandit is one of the great roadtrip movies of all time. One of my all-time favorite scenes was after the motorcycle gang beat him up after old Fred's supposed indiscretion. There he is in the cab of his truck looking miserable and battered. Suddenly this big old grin comes across his face and fade to that line of motorcycles parked in front of his rig. You just knew what was going to happen next.
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    Seventy-one and still "on the road!!" How about that?? Life is Good, Even if Daughter Won't Put the Candles on the Cake. Don't Let her Take You to the DMV, Though. --RoadDog
  3. In the past several months, I've noticed new road signs along our stretch of US-12 here in northeast Illinois. It is now called the Iron Brigade Memorial Highway with very distinctively-designed signage. The Iron Brigade was a famous Midwestern unit comprised of regiments from Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. The 24th Michigan served part of their duty in Springfield, Illinois, and were the honor guard at Lincoln's funeral. That would explain Illinois' participation in the renaming. Being a Southerner, I Don't Know About This. --RoadDog
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    George Slept Here

    I see that the George Washington Foundation plans to start work on the George Washington Trail in three to four years. It will connect Mt. Vernon, his birthplace at Pope's Creek and his boyhood home at Ferry Farm where he may or may not have chopped down the cherry tree and skipped the silver dollar across the river. Ferry Farm has just recently undergone its first major archaeological dig with lots of artifacts found. The house iself was burned for firewood by Union soldiers during the Civil War. Keep on Down that Two Lane Highway. --RoadDog
  5. Bob Stroud, on Chicago's Drive radio station, will be featuring songs of the road this Sunday on his Rock and Roll Roots show from 7 to 10 am, CST. If you're like me, I cant imagine driving down da road without my tunes. They go hand-in-hand. Bob is always very inciteful with his comments, so well worth a listen. You can get the live stream at www.wdrv.com.
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    Why We Love Dem Roads

    Came across a Lit Life column in the June 15th Chicago tribune by Julia Keller. It was titled "Best company for a road trip." She pretty-well summed it up, even if I had to look up the words vagaries (thought I knew its meaning) and vicissitudes (couldn't even pronounce it). Hey, increased my vocab!!! You can search for it by her name and the title. I especially liked the "distinctive as a grubby thumbprint" analogy. My idea exactly. I just couldn't say it as well.
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    Road Songs On This Sunday

    Here are the songs Stroud played. ?= see if you can guess 2120 South Michigan Ave.-- Stones Ventura Highway-- America Easy Street-- Edgar Winter group-- Never heard of this one before On the Road-- ? not Willie Expressway to Your Heart-- ? Highway 61 Revisited-- ? The Long and Winding Road-- Beatles Why Don't We Do It in the Road-- Beatles Carefree Highway-- ? Take the Highway-- ? The E Street Shuffle- Bruce Tobacco Road-- ? Route 66-- Rolling Stones Main Street-- ? Love Street-- Doors On Broadway-- George Benson Wall Street Shuffle-- ? The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)-- ? Country Road-- ? Gasoline Alley-- ? Lake Shore Drive-- ? He started off and ended up with noted Chicago roads. Anyone know what's located at 2120 S. Michigan Avenue?
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    Grand Army Of The Republic Highway Signs

    Anybody know who the GAR were? How about the UCV? Very Historical.
  9. Beatlemania hits the old road!!! That would have been something to meet him, although my favorite group from back then was CCR. Even better, Paul is 66. Doing 66 at 66. Now, if he were just driving a '66 vehicle.
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    50 Years Ago This Month

    And, let's not forget that 50 years ago in August was the first use of the peace sign although it was originally designed for nuclear disarmament. Peace Out, Man.
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    Shaw's Bar now a Route 66 Place. After the Friday and Saturday night gatherings of 66ers at Shaw's, I'd say those good folks are smitten as well. We missed Friday's get-together as we didn't know about it, but had seen the Route 66 shield outside on our way into town and decided to check them out after that great Beatles tribute band, the Cavern Beat. Stopped at the Passport Lounge for some of the WORST karaoke ever, and were on our way to Shaw's when we espied a guy on a bicycle driving very erratically and decided not to pass him and went back to the motel. Wonder if Denny got any alcoholic beverages from his liquor store there in Litchfield?
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    Anyone else going to the Route 66 Festival in Litchfield, Illinois, this weekend besides Liz and myself? If there are, we should have an AR get-together.
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    Met up with Denny at the authors area inside the Ford dealership. Quite a few writers in attendance, including David Wickline frpm whom I bought his new "Images of 66, Vol. II", Dave Clark (the Windy City Road Warrior) and Michael Wallis. Denny knows that I am a Prairie Dog, a Big Fan of Pure Prairie League. He gave me a copy of a Goshorn Brothers CD. T. Goshorn wrote my theme song, "Two Lane Highway" which is a PPP favorite. They often play near where Denny lives. Thanks, Denny. Last night, they had the excellemt Beatles tribute band, the Cavern Beat. I don't know about the rest of you, but my favorite Beatles music came before Sgt. Pepper's, and this is what they played. From a distance they could have been the Beatles. Today, Kevan, a young Elvis, was on stage. Lots of old cars as well. Good-sized crowd as well. Good Times on the Old Double Six. --RoadDog
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    We'll probably spend Thursday night somewhere nearer to St. Louis and play some NTN at Belleville, Fairview Hts. Thinking about crossing the CoR Bridge Friday morning. We'll be staying at the Best Value Inn across Route 66 from the Ariston. It was a Best Western during the Route 66 days. We'll have to get together.
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    Obituaries in the News

    Two Food Innovators Neal Baker, 84, founded Baker's Drive-Thru restaurants in California, today a regional 36 store chain. Helped the McDonald Brothers build the first McDonald's store in San Bernardino. Later, he and high school buddy Glen Bell, opened their own hamburger stand on the outskirts of San Bernardino which eventually became Taco Bell (so that's where the Bell comes from). Benjamin A. Kramer died June 4th. He and his brother Sidney started a mini-chain of three Pickle Barrels in the Chicago area, with the best-known being at Old Town in Chicago. If memory serves me, they were among the first, if not the first, to put out pickles and peanuts on the tables and you got to throw the shells on the floor. I really thought that was neat.
  16. The June 1st Orange County register had an excellent article baout the old road titles "Historic Highway 101 in San Diego" by Gary A. Warner. He described I-5 as being "like a huge back alley" and "Today, the monotony is out on the 5." He gave a tour with interesting places to see in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Leucadia (which he describes as having a "coastal funkiness"), Encinitis, and Cardiff-By-the-Sea. Sure made me want to hit the road in that area. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/highway...oad?slideshow=1 Keep on Down that Coastal Road. --RoadDog
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    Happy Birthday Pat

    I just wish I'd gotten into the old roads as young as you are. HB, Pat.
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    Oldest Concrete Street In The Nation

    117 or 115 years, it's still pretty doggone old. This would definitely get me to visit the town. I take it that it is near Cincy. Where, exactly. At least most of it will be original. Never heard of George Bartholomew, though.
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    Mississippi's Blues Trail

    Let's get that Bo Diddley beat going. Quite a character.
  20. An article in the June 1 Chicago Sun-Times (no author indicated) "Jackson, Ms.: Singing the Blues." This was about the new Blues Trail with more than 40 markers up and a hundred more planned before they finish. The author went in search of as many as he could find of the forty existing ones. They stretch from Tunica in the north to Gulfport where #24 marks WJZD, the first black-owned radio station in along the Gulf Coast. It even has one for Elvis. Number 36 in Natchez commemorates the 1940 fire at the Rhythm Club that killed over 200. Something else to see if you can afford the gas. www.msbluestrail.org SPEAKING OF THE BLUES I don't know how many of you are blues fans such as me, but Chicago is hosting the 25th annual Blues Festival this weekend, June 5-8 at Grant Park (Route 66). It's FREE!!! Something you rarely see in Chi-Town. Featured performers 5th- Johnny Winter 6th-- Koko Taylor, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater 7th-- Buckwheat Zydeco, Lil' Ed & Blues Imperials 8th-- BB KING!!! Lots and lots of others at the various stages. www.chicagobluesfestival.org Tonight, the voice of Chicago Blues, Tom Marker, will feature artists playing at the festival on his Bluesbreakers program on WXRT from 9-10 pm CDT. It streams live at www.wxrt.com. It is based on the Civil War Trails markers in Virginia, NC, and Maryland.
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    The Final Push Is On!

    Big Oil is in a feeding frenzy to hit the "magical" $4 a gallon mark. The FINAL PUSH has arrived. Gas here in Fox Lake, Illinois, was $3.43 Monday, $3.52 Tuesday, $3.55 yesterday, and now it is $3.66 today!! Unbelievable. Talk about your rocket up!!! I had to drive to nearby Mundelein tonight and saw one station at $3.70 for regular, $3.85 for premium, and $4.24 for diesel. And yet, the govenment does nothing. Has it jumped this much by you?
  22. I see that Berwyn is getting ready to tear down a Sears House. First the Spindle, now this. Looking forward to getting a copy of David's new book at Litchfield. See you there.
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    The Final Push Is On!

    How do you know when Big Oil is LYING?
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    Fondly Remembering My Ford Pinto

    My first new car was a 1973 green Ford Pinto. It got me through the gas crunch of 1973 and I had to drive about 40 miles to get to work back then. Exceptinally poor mechanically though. The reason I got rid of it. Paid the princely sum of $2200 for it. My teaching job racked in the even more princely sum of $7900.
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    The Final Push Is On!

    Gas here vaulted over the $4 mark yesterday. Big Oil gets what they want. Gas here in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin is $4.10 (that's 4.09.9). The lowest I saw was $4.06 and most was $4.15. Thanks a lot Big Oil. I think they've pushed it as far as they dare and should see prices falling in the next several weeks and, who knows, perhaps back to the "bargain" $3 mark by election time. At least they're not still putting up $3.99.9 and acting like that is not $4. Gettin' Poorer Every Fill Up. --RoadDog