RISING STAR

The latest issue of 66 The Mother Road is hot off the virtual press. With each issue John and Judy Springs strive to make a good product even better. In the Route 66 community this rising star is a valuable asset for the small business owner and a source of information, as well as inspiration for the adventurer.
In this issue Cort Stevens, another rising star, makes his debut with the first installment in a delightful new series. This boy can really write!
Charming personal touches ensure the Globetrotter
Lodge in Holbrook will be a days end destination for
Route 66 adventurers.
As the topic of the day is rising stars, here are two lifted from the Route 66 lodging file. First is the Globetrotter Lodge in Holbrook, a truly wonderful little roadside gem that captures the very essence of the Route 66 experience. 
It would seem the iconic Wigwam Motel in Holbrook has a bit of competition and the Route 66 enthusiast will be faced with a very difficult choice. However, this dusty little community is not the only place on Route 66 where the traveler has the luxury of having more than one historic motel to choose from.
For a number of years the near perfect time capusle that is the Hilltop Motel in Kingman has been the haven of choice for the Route 66 purist. Now, there is the circa 1939 El Trovatore Motel with its neon beacon that is on the fast track to refurbishment.
Hailing from Wisconsin are a team of rising stars, Chris and Katie, proprietors of Fading Nostalgia. With an artists eye, and a mastery of lighting, they manage to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and the well worn into true art. My primary complaint, the reference to cameras produced long after I graduated from high school as antiques.  
Todays notes from my corner of the world are a bit brief. There is a project that demands my atention but I will return soon with a few surprises, more updates, and, I hope, some fresh and inspirational photos.

MEANWHILE, IN THE YEAR 1917 …

The title for todays post was inspired by a series of photos shared by Rich Dinkela. They are amazing for a wide array of reasons including the clarity, the detail, the fact that they are in color, and that they were taken along the National Old Trails Highway in Arizona in 1917.
After a bit of research, and input from members of the Antique Automobile Club of America, it was determined that the car is a 1917 Studebaker. So, this would have been a new car at the time the photos were taken. Amazing. Truly amazing.
On a somewhat unrelated topic, work is progressing on the creation of the Wold’s Largest Route 66 Museum. The project received a real shot in the arm today with receipt of a disc containing more than sixty images of historic businesses along the Route 66 corridor in Kingman. Thank you, Mike Ward!
Next is finding information about these businesses. This will be followed by printing and then mounting at the respective locations.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting new project, and have images or information about businesses along Route 66 in Kingman, please let me know. Additionally, if you have photos of billboards or advertisement on buildings in this area during the Route 66 era please drop an email or note as there is a chance we will bring these back to life to ensure our proposed museum is multi-dimensional.
Further indications that Kingman is on the cusp of real transition can be found at the El Trovatore Motel. First the neon was refurbished.
Now, the owners, Sam and Monica, have initiated a mural program as a part of their continuing effort to rennovate this historic property. I will have photos of this project tommorrow evening and should have them posted by Tuesday.
On the personal front I am awaiting the revised and edited galley proofs for the Route 66 Encyclopedia. Unless there are some serious errors to address this should be the last stop before it is sent to the printer. In the right column is a Route 66 Encyclopedia Update page where you can be kept apprised of progress.
Meanwhile, I have initiated work on the new project and am striving toward establishing a habit of working at least one hour each evening. After months of negotiations and false starts resultant of the current economic climate, the project was finally given the green light based on my ability to have the completed work, with illustrations, in the publishers hands by March of 2013. Hence the need to accomplish something every evening.

The historic Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New
Mexico.

In this afternoons mail I was surprised to find a beautiful thank you note from Kevin and Nancy Mueller, the owners of the landmark Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari. The heartfelt expression of gratitude received from this community for our support and participation in the first annual Wheels on 66 event has been almost overwhelming.
Even though making money from writing and photography is a manifestation of my goal to become a writer when I grow up, this not our only incentive. My dearest friend and I are of the opinion that if our sole focus is the money, even astounding success and acclaim will be counted as a loss.
Almost from its inception we have viewed our work as a means to help promote the people and the places that make legendary Route 66 truly unique. This should explain why we will be introducing the Route 66 Encyclopedia at Cuba Fest in Cuba, Missouri rather than in Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York City.
So, with that said, it is time to sign off and go to work.