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Chicken Basket artwork on Mar 21, 2012 at 8:20:01 pm
Back in 1996 I did the art for the official 50th anniversary T shirt for the famous Dell Rhea Chicken Basket on old 66 near Chicago.

Now I am working on a painting for their 66th anniversary this year, which will go on shirts and prints!

I can't believe its been 16 years...

Update 8-25-12. I still have a few signed and numbered prints available for $100 each plus shipping. First come first served.(you can also buy them at the Chicken Basket)

Book Award on Mar 21, 2012 at 8:17:08 pm
"Route 66 Sightings" is a finalist in our category for the 23rd Annual Oklahoma Book Awards! We probably won't win (the main competition is killer!) but we do get to go to the awards banquet.

Update: we didn't win, but we were also finalists for the national Independent book awards!

Route 66 Sightings on Nov 20, 2011 at 10:58:45 pm
The signing at Steve's Books and Sundries in Tulsa went very well. That is a nice neighborhood bookstore, with a great lunch counter too. our next signing in December 3 at the Pioneer History Museum here in Chandler.

BTW...I have copies signed by all three of us available for mail order at $45 per copy, plus $5 shipping per copy in the US. I can ship overseas (and to Canada) but shipping is quite higher. Please inquire.

Route 66 Sightings on Nov 01, 2011 at 9:33:16 am

The response to our book, Route 66 Sightings, has been overwhelmingly wonderful. Our (Jim Ross, Shellee Graham and me) first book signing at POPS in Arcadia OK was a big success, with lots of Rte 66 friends in attendance. The next book signing will be at Full Circle Books in OKC on NOV 12 from 3-5 pm. Then on the 19th we will be at Tulsa at Steve's Books from 1-3.

Lake Overholser Bridge reopened! on Oct 13, 2011 at 11:31:07 am
Hooray! I attended the reopening ceremony for the Lake Overholser Bridge west of OKC on 10-11-2011. A big crowd heard some short speeches, drank free soday from POPS and watched a line of cool old cars drive across the bridge! This was a major triumph for Route 66, as all too often these old bridges are demolished. See my facebook page for pictures.

In "not so great but better than the alternative" news, the westbound "Twin" of the former "Twin Bridges" east of Catoosa OK has been removed, but one 220 foot span has been rescued by nearby restaurant Molly's Landing and can still be seen from 66. So hooray for Mollys!

Facebook on Oct 03, 2011 at 11:15:57 am
I finally created a profile on facebook. Haven't had time to do much with it yet, but I plan to add some galleries of photos that people have sent me of their visit to my gallery or along 66 with the EZ Guide. Also I want to start posting some of my car show photos. But its gonna take a while!

Route 66 Sightings on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:05:40 am
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 3:21:22 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 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 4:46:56 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 14, 2011 at 9:25:36 pm
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.

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