It is a rather ambitious plan, or a crazy plan depending on who
you talk with – 21-days, 21 Facebook live programs, a Route 66 adventure from end to end. From their inception the Friday morning programs have served as a venue to showcase authors, artists, small business owners, and community leaders. This fall, if all goes as planned, we will take the show on the road, and introduce Route 66 enthusiasts to the people that add the magic to a grand adventure on the most famous highway in America.
Experiments are underway to ensure that our “Mayberry television” programs are as professional as possible. This past Friday we provided viewers with a virtual tour of the Mohave Museum of History & Arts in Kingman, Arizona. This was our second program from the museum but our first with a guide. We will return in a few weeks to finish our tour. What do you think?
An epic odyssey of this nature requires funding, and as I lack a wealthy benefactor, I launched the crowdfunding platform and began the search for sponsors. A commitment of just a couple of dollars a month will give you bragging rights for helping to write a new chapter in Route 66 history. Sponsors get bragging rights plus international promotion of their business. To contribute to development of this and other projects, click on the link above or the Patreon button in the right column.
That takes us to road trips. Believe it our not, there aren’t any immediate adventures pending. The current book project is consuming a great deal of my time. More on that project in a moment.
The only road trip this month is a short odyssey to Bullhead City, about 30 miles west. On February 12, at 5:30 P.M., I will be making a presentation on Route 66 and its colorful, and occasionally dark, history. This will be followed by a question and answer session, and a book signing. The event will take place at the Colorado River Historic Society & Museum, 2201 Highway 68.
That takes us to the current book. I always strive to add depth and context to subjects with books as well as presentations and interviews. In this one I am delving into the dark side of Route 66. It was a road of carnage known as bloody 66. In this book I give another reason for the moniker; gangsters, murderers, and crazed hitchhikers.
Abilene Reporter News, Abilene Texas, dateline, Miami, Oklahoma, June 12, 1934, “Patrolman Jack Dunaway, an officer with the Miami Police department for six months that is survived by his wife and two children, was shot and killed as he and two other officers investigated three suspicious men sitting in a Ford near the rail yard off of U.S. Highway 66. As the officers approached the car, the three men opened fire. Dunaway, and two of the suspects were killed in the gun battle.”
This book, and its writing, is a walk on the dark side.