My world is never boring, is seldom predictable even though I
carefully schedule each week, is always full of surprises and interesting people, and is almost always an endless opportunity for some type of adventure. In the last 72 hours, I wrote about a few brutal murders with a Route 66 connection (including a celebrity found nude in a Texas motel room in 1949) for the new book, made a presentation before a capacity crowd that ended with anemic book sales as well as extensive press coverage and favorable reviews, had a wonderful dinner with a very interesting couple, attended a couple of productive meetings and related conference calls, and launched the promotion for a special Promote Kingman historic district walking tour scheduled for March 10. In my spare time I initiated study on the creation of SRT files for the addition of captions to videos, picked up my German lessons (34% proficiency?), finalized arrangements for the next two Friday morning Facebook live programs, and wrote exclusive content posts for our Patreon site, the crowdfunding platform that is a key component in keeping Jim Hinckley’s America going an growing. The rest of the week looks like it will be just as interesting, just as diverse, and just as busy even though I feel a cold coming on.
As I continue work on the new book, I will be detailing an unsolved case from 1950 that includes the discovery of body parts from at least six people found in satchels along Route 66 in the area of Topock, Arizona. Hopefully, I will be able to finalize flight arrangements for the trip to the European Route 66 Festival this summer with a sponsor before the end of the week. Then I can begin connecting dots and filling in blanks. There is also a need to find additional sponsors and funding for this trip (promotion of the crowdfunding platform?), as well as the one to Shamrock for the Texas Welcomes the World Festival, and the 21-days, 21-live program project planned for this coming fall. I am also looking to expand the format of the live programs to include audio broadcasts.
This weeks Facebook live program should be a lot of fun. It will be live at Dunton Motors on Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona. One family owned since 1946, the dealership now sells and restores classic cars. It also home to the Route 66 Association of Kingman. Even better, the Dunton family has a 92-year history of doing business on Route 66.
The following week, February 23, the program will be live at Desert Diamond Distillery, producers of award winning rum. Scheduled guests include artist Gregg Arnold, Tim Schritter of Black Bridge Brewery, and Carlos Cella of Cella Winery as well as owners of the distillery. I hope we can get a look inside a 1918 Pullman car that will soon be converted into a restaurant.
Also on the schedule, expansion of the “Where’s Jim?” project, a variation of the Waldo themed searches. In arrangement with the director of the Mohave Museum of History & Arts, I have passes for three Kingman area museums to give away. In my travels I will be posting photos on the Jim Hinckley’s America Facebook page and ask people to find Jim. To claim the museum pass, a person simply needs to catch me at the location shown, and ask. I think all concerned will have fun with this promotional program. Follow our page and join the fun!