About 30 years ago, more or less, I submitted a brief story to the Chicago Tribune Travel Section. It was titled something like, “If You’re a Kid, the Best Parts of a Trip are the Souvenir Stands,” and it was about some of the wonderful places to buy junk and memorabilia along Route 66. I also mentioned to the editor that I had a book in the works. The Tribune rejected that article, but Harriet Choice, the Travel Editor, called me (that was in the days before email) and asked if I’d do a big article on Route 66. The end result was almost an entire Travel Section on Route 66. Harriet and I corresponded a bit, but I lost touch with her even before my first book came out. Fast forward 30 years more or less, and another Tribune luminary, entertainment writer Rick Kogan, has written a story about Route 66 and my books. Probably not coincidently, but certainly surprising to me, I received a request to be Facebook Friends from Harriet Choice. I don’t think she has been following Route 66 for all these years, but it certainly has given me a good feeling to be reconnected with someone who was Really Important to the country’s growing interest in the old highway. Harriet, I do hope you’ve seen Rick’s article. (see review page)
Rick Kogan, radio interviewer extraordinaire and Tribune Entertainment writer, has written a piece on Cy, me, and Route 66 for the March 23 Tribune. Check it out here:
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, March 23, 2016
Read the Chicago Tribune Story.
Road trip? Route 66 still holds historical, poetic power
This is the time of year here when that phrase can be a call of the wild for those of us who yearn to escape the drudgery of our daily lives, break the routine, just take off. Those two words suggest the unexpected, the excitement, the freedom of it all, even if the nation’s interstate highways can seem like franchise-dotted dullways from one place to another.
It was not always so. “When it was born, traveling Route 66 was an adventure,” writes Susan Croce Kelly in her book “Route 66: The Highway and Its People.” “For fifty nine years that highway was a factor in millions of trips, vacations, and relocations. … Over the years it became a highway the country could not forget.”
She says, “You know that feeling you have when you’re 20 that you can do anything? That’s what Route 66 represents.”