There was a brief period in my misspent youth when
I honestly thought that the path to fame, fortune, and a life well lived was to be found on the rodeo circuit. It quickly became apparent that it WAS a good life, especially if you didn’t plan on living long. More often than not, especially when trying to balance the need to meet a deadline and the need to keep beans on the table and gas in the tank, I reflect on those wild and woolly times as there are some very distinct similarities between the life of the bronc rider and the writer. Continue reading “The Eight Second Ride”
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. Continue reading “Welcome to Jim’s World”
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? Continue reading “Museum Tours, Fund Raising, Road Trips & A Bit Of Mayhem”
It was never my intent to live a life linked to Route 66. Still, as I
look back over the years there is one common thread that ties it all together – Route 66. I have told the tale often, most recently for the new magazine Route, but that road has been has been a major part of my life since 1959. Now, looking toward the foreseeable future, it looks like that storied old highway will be taking us into the final chapter, and some of the most amazing adventures to date.
Currently it is a book for Rio Nuevo Publishing that is consuming an inordinate amount of my time. For those with morbid curiosity or a fascination with the dark side of Route 66, this will be a very popular book. When the project commenced, I had few illusions about what would be found with research. Route 66 was an artery of commerce licit and illicit, and the towns along the highway were filled with people – hard working people, criminals and thieves, psychos and gangsters, people filled with prejudice and virtue. Still some of the discoveries have been, at the very least, a bit disturbing. Continue reading “Excuse Me, Do You Speak Czech, or Texan, or Australian?”
Less than ten years from now Route 66, the Main Street of
America will turn 100 years of age. Arguably the old road, a highway that officially no longer exists, is more popular than at any time in its history and as a result, there is ample evidence that the iconic highway is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. Still, Route 66, surprisingly, as a living time capsule faces an uncertain future.
The White Rock Court in Kingman is counted among the rarest of historic buildings with a direct Route 66 connection.If a list were to be composed of endangered relics, the bridges that are crucial to maintaining the historic integrity and context of the Route 66 experience are near the top of the list. Another leading contender are the motels with an emphasis on the auto court. Almost as rare as leprechauns riding unicorns are the motels, auto courts, and properties that were featured in editions of the Negro Motorist Green Book. Continue reading “Revive, Resuscitate, Revitalize, Restore & Renew Route 66”