McJerry66 is your online source for information about the creations of noted Route 66 authority and artist Jerry McClanahan.
Route 66 Sightings on
Sep 20, 2011 at 4:05:40 pm
A couple of advance copies of "Route 66 Sightings" (the new photo book by Jim Ross, Shellee Graham and me) came in last week. We were happy to see how great the book turned out. The rest of the books will be in by late October, and our first book signing is scheduled for October 29 at POPS in Arcadia (12-3pm). See my gallery page for more info on the book, and stop by McJerry's Route 66 Gallery in Chandler if you want a sneak peek.
Chandler Phillips 66 restoration progress on
Aug 31, 2011 at 8:21:22 pm
I visited today with Bill Fernau, the owner of the historic and oftern photographed Phillips 66 station here in Chandler. He now has skilled workmen hard at it restoring the iconic building. Marc, the local brick and stone expert has skillfully rebricked a doorway that had been cut into the south side of the structure, and Jon of Jon's Cabinets has rebuilt the wooden doors, and is now stripping paint from off the bricks, so the station can be repainted in the rare early color scheme...green with blue and orange trim. The multi colored slate shingles will be carefully taken down, to be repainted with special paint and reinstalled. With all of the station accoutrements that Bill has amassed, the finished product should be a showpiece, and a credit to Rte 66 and Chandler!
McJerry's on Freedom 43 TV! on
May 30, 2011 at 9:46:56 pm
With all that's been going on recently (a trip to CA, TX and other stuff) I forgot to mention that I was interviewed by the charming Emily Sutton of Freedom 43 news out of Oklahoma City last month! The segment aired on May 3, but is currently viewable on their website:
You'll even get to see me draw a Rootie cartoon! Also on this page is an interview with my frequent collaborator Jim Ross, and othe Route 66 segments.
Emily and her cameraman did a smashing job of making me look good and hiding all my mess in my studio (the gallery is nice and neat, but my house...ehhh...
Trip to CA on
May 15, 2011 at 2:25:36 am
My Dad and I recently made a nine day trip on 66 out west to Santa Monica (and back, obviously!). We had a great time out on the road...I only wish I'd been able to stop and visit with everyone along the road... But I did do a lot of research for EZ Guide updates (which I need to get started on) and managed to take about 3,500 digital photos along the way.
Highlights (just off the top of my head) are visits to the Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, the Barstow and Victorville Msueums, The Enchanted Trails RV Park in Albuquerque, Pete's Gas Station museum in Williams, and spending some time with Dan and Jessica Rice at their Rte 66 kiosk, 66 to Cali, out on the Santa Monica Pier.
Oct 05, 2010 at 2:34:33 pm
I've indicated on the gallery pages which paintings are now available as high quality color prints on 13"x19" paper.
They currently cost $40 each, plus shipping..inquire (including a thick cardboard flat mailer).
OK residents will need to add sales tax.
Please email me for ordering details.
More will be added later.
Lincoln Motel painting party on
Sep 09, 2010 at 4:52:36 pm
We're having a two-day painting party at the Lincoln Motel on Sept 11 and 12...8am ish to dusk. We'll be scraping old flaky paint off their wonderful neon sign and repainting it.
Bring dirty clothes and gloves!
We got her done. Got rained on too. But it looks better.
Gallery PROGRESS on
Jul 16, 2010 at 2:57:41 am
As of yesterday (July 14) I now have my artwork hanging in the newly remodeled main room of my gallery building!
Still much to do before my grand opening (driveway, sign, exterior paint, etc) but now Route 66 visitors can view my paintings in a proper setting (although its been fun meeting with travelers in my living room!)
So please stop by if you can. If I am not in the gallery bldg, please call my cell (903 467 6394) or go next door to 310 Manvel.
Seaba Motorcycle Museum on
Jul 02, 2010 at 9:45:40 pm
Yep, the motorcycle museum is finally open at the former Seaba Station in Warwick, OK (west of Chandler). Inside this historic structure is packed a grand assortment of vintage motorbikes and gear, plus DX brand gas station memoribilia. It seems that during tourist season they are open every day except wed.
Tri State festival on
Jun 22, 2010 at 12:26:12 am
The Tri State Festival held at the Downstream Casino in OK, near Joplin, Mo and Galena and Baxter Springs KS, was a blast. Kudos to Carolyn Pendleton, Melba Rigg, and everyone else who worked extremly hard to pull it off.
Many well-deserving roadies won awards:(thanks to Kathy Anderson for the list)
Bob Waldmire - Artist of the Year
Dean Walker - Ambassador of the Year
Dan Rice/66-to-Cali - New Business of the Year
Marty & Geri Bilecki - Lifetime Achievement Award
Gary Turner - Mother Road Person of the Year
Pops, Arcadia OK - Business of the Year
Melvera Heisch, NPS - Cyrus Avery Award
Bob Gehl, MO -The Founders Award
and lastly, some dude named Jerry Mcclanahan won The Will Rogers Award...
A highlight for me was getting to visit again with my good friend Akkey Takieuchi from near Osaka Japan, along with his charming wife Yasuko (kawaiii)and his lovely daughter Ayako. I believe this may have been Akkey's 17th trip to the states...as the Japanese say: "SUGOI !!"
Another highlight was during Michael Walli's speech, when he said that only an "imbecile" couldn't follow 66 using my EZ Guide!
Route 66 is one big family that reaches worldwide. I am proud to be a member.
Another Loss to the Route on
Feb 24, 2010 at 9:27:39 pm
Lenore Weiss passed away on February 22, 2010. Along with her husband John, she worked tirelessly for Route 66 preservation, especially in their home state of Illinois. Successes include the restoration of the Standard Station in Odell, Illinois.