Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 43

Route 66

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 24, 2005 on The History Channel
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Route 66
Route 66, encompassing eight states from Illinois to California and 2,400 miles, represented an American myth--that something better lay over the rainbow. Route 66 began in the early 20th century when a confluence of technologies--automotive, steel construction, and concrete paving--merged with population explosion, westward migration, and prosperity after WWI. The federal government responded with highway bills that converted existing roadways into an interstate called Route 66. Later, WWII highlighted the need for a strategic system similar to Germany's Autobahn--wider, safer, and more advanced. As federal and state governments worked on a superhighway, millions sought "their kicks on Route 66." By 1985, the abandoned roadway no longer "officially" existed, yet, it remains a destination for nostalgic travelers wishing to recapture a simpler, more adventurous era.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • On May 26, 1928, Andy Payne of Foyil, Oklahoma won the first – and only – "Bunion Derby," a footrace alone Route 66 from Los Angeles to Chicago.

      • In 1935, Lester Dill opened Missouri's Meramec Cavens as a roadside attraction, promoting it with billboards and painted barns along Route 66. He even placed ads on visitors' cars and is credited with inventing the bumper sticker.

      • Approximately 80% of original Route 66 roadway survives and is drivable between Chicago and Los Angeles.

      • In 1946, Nat "King" Cole became the first artist to record Bobby Troup's classic "Get Your Kicks on Route 66."

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It covers 2400 miles and more than 75 years of history. It's the mother road the Will Rogers Highway and the main street of America. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the Santa Monica pier, it's a ribbon of concrete, steel and kitsch. Now: Route 66, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Cast:

        Michael Wallis
        Author, Route 66: The Mother Road

        David Knutson
        Executive Director, National Historic Route 66 Federation

        Scott Piotrowski
        Route 66 Historian

        Diane Kane, PhD
        Architectural Historian

        Emily Priddy
        Eastern VP, Oklahoma Route 66 Association

        Jim Ross
        Author/Route 66 Historian

        Nick Marianos, PhD
        Structural Engineer

        John Sanders
        Residential Engineer, Missouri DOT

        Thomas Gubbels, PhD
        Historian, Missouri DOT

        John Fuller
        Assistant Director of Operations, Oklahoma DOT

        Brent Burwell
        American Concrete Pavement Association

        Delbert Trew
        Curator, Route 66 Museum, McLean, TX

        David Kammer, PhD
        Route 66 Historian

        Mark Potter
        Route 66 Lodging Historian

        James Conkle
        Executive Director, Route 66 Preservation Foundation

        Lorrie Fleming
        Founder, Canadian Route 66 Association

        Bob Waldmire
        Traveling Artist

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Producer: Matthew P. Hickey
        Writer: Matthew P. Hickey
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: John Lewis
        Editor: Motoshi Wakabayashi
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Allison Boon
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Accountant: Lisa Casella
        Accountant: Paulette Pantoja
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Researcher: Uldis Balodis
        Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel
        Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell
        Coordinator: Brad Skiles
        Voice Over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: Brandon Green
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Mark Morris
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
        Animation: Randall Rickert
        Animated Photos: Adam Goodwin
        Historical Consultant: Ted Curtis
        Historical Consultant: Jim Ross
        Historical Consultant: Michael Wallis

        Special Thanks:
        Kathy Anderson
        Kaisa Barthuli
        James Conkle
        Ted Curtis
        Laurel Kane
        David Knudson
        Jerry McClanahan
        Bob Moore
        Mark Potter
        Jim Ross
        Michael Wallis
        John Weiss
        Lenore Weiss

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by: Actuality Productions, INC

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