A Hearty Thank You, An Apology & An Expression of Frustration

Are you familiar with the new Facebook Live Creative Kit? It is an

amazing program that provides everything needed to transform a Facebook live broadcast into a nice, clean, studio quality production. It is exactly what I needed to take the Adventurers Club programs to the next level, and to provide business owners that  support the crowdfunding initiative with a promotional bang for their investment. That was my thought before discovering that in its current configuration it is one of the most insidious time consuming projects ever devised, an endless source of frustration, and in my humble opinion about as worthless as teats on a boar. Needless to say, I am not pleased. I am, however, thankful that the whereabouts of the designers are unknown to me. (more…)

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Edsel Ford Slept Here

In my world the past and present blend seamlessly. There are

days when I spend hours reading century old journals, perusing old newspapers,  and then write about a trip across the Mojave Desert in 1915. In my office, all around me are tangible links to an earlier time that stand in stark contrast to the computer and keyboard.  I even start my day by shaving with a circa 1940 razor (do you know how hard it is to find simple double edged blades today?). There are rare occasions when a bit of the future gets tangled into the mix, such as when I work with the members of the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation and their ongoing efforts to establish a dedicated museum that will chronicle the evolution of the  electric vehicle.

On occasion, when there is time for meditation on a long morning walk, I envision my work as the crafting of a time a machine. As an example, on our premium content crowdfunding site,  I am launching a new series. Every Saturday morning, commencing on March 10, I will be sharing one entry, verbatim, with original photos where possible, from Edsel Ford’s daily journal written during his adventure to California along the National Old Trails Highway during the summer of 1915.  (more…)

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Missing Tourists, Stepping Into the Future & An Update Or Two
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Missing Tourists, Stepping Into the Future & An Update Or Two

It was the late spring of 1935 when George Lorius, his wife Laura, and

The Dark Side
Another dark chapter in Route 66 history courtesy Mohave Museum of History & Arts.

their good friends Tillie and Albert Heberer set out on their fun filled vacation holiday. Leaving East St. Louis they motored west on U.S. 66 making stops in Sayre and Miami, Oklahoma where they mailed postcards home to family and friends. On May 21, they checked into the Vaughn Hotel in Vaughn, New Mexico. They had breakfast at the hotel the following morning, checked out, and vanished.

The story that will be detailed in the forthcoming book from Rio Nuevo Publishing is one of many uncovered in my quest to document the dark side of Route 66. As unnerving and puzzling as this mystery is, there was one particular note found in my research about this disappearance that really grabbed my attention. Even though the FBI tirelessly investigated this disappearance and created a file almost six feet in height, it remained unsolved, along with fifty other cases of persons who went missing while traveling in the southwest between 1934 and 1936. To say the very least, the current project has altered my perception of Route 66.  (more…)

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