Good evening. Today is Friday, June 27, 2014.
It was on this date in 1985 that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation voted to decertify the iconic Route 66 and have all of the highway signs removed.
In its heyday, Route 66 measured somewhere close to 2200 miles, going from Chicago to Santa Monica, and passing through eight states. The highway figures heavily into the nation’s history, as more than 200,000 people followed the road to California in the 1930s, during the “Dust Bowl.” John Steinbeck called it the “Mother Road” in his novel Grapes of Wrath.
Unfortunately, by 1970, most of the original highway had been bypassed by four-lane highways. “According to the National Historic Route 66 Federation, drivers can still use 85 percent of the road, and Route 66 has become a destination for tourists from all over the world.” I, myself, have been on it in Oklahoma.
In 2010, one of my favorite bands, The Lost Dogs, released an album called “Old Angel,” which consisted of songs that they wrote while duplicating the route of the “pilgrims” from Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. In my opinion, it is a brilliant album. Here’s one of the songs, called “Dust In My Bowl.”
Of course, there is also this well-known song:
Today’s birthdays include Chandler Riggs, Tobey Maguire, Vera Wang, Helen Keller, Ross Perot, Bob Keeshan, J.J. Abrams, Lorrie Morgan, Julia Duffy, and Rico Petrocelli.
It’s also the fortieth birthday of Christian Kane.
Christian Kane has done a lot. We remember him fondly as Lindsey McDonald in Angel, and as Eliot Spencer in Leverage. He also played “Young Hub” in Secondhand Lions. He recently had a starring role in a not-so-successful movie called “Fifty To One,” based on the true story of Mine That Bird, the horse that came out of nowhere to win the Kentucky Dirby in 2009. But Christian Kane is also a singer and songwriter. Initially, he had a group named Kane, but now just performs under his full name, Christian Kane. Here is the title song of his latest album, “The House Rules.”
I guess that’s it for today.