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"Legendary Mother Road...Route 66 (2006) ~ Michael Wallis...VCI Home Video"
on September 6, 2006
This collection is a documentary film about the legendary "ROUTE 66: THE ULTIMATE DVD COLLECTION"...filled with historical pictures and facts hosted by best selling author Michael Wallis ("Route 66-The Mother Road"), Linda Lewis (producer) and Christopher Lewis (director), Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis (photographer) . . . . . our three DVD collection spells out the history in fine form, U.S. Route 66, (also known as Route 66 or The Will Rogers Highway) was a highway in the U.S. Highway system...one of the original federal routes, US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, though signs did not go up until the following year. It originally ran from Chicago, Illinois through St. Louis, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California before ending at Los Angeles for a total of 2,448 miles (3,939 km).
Route 66 underwent many improvements and realignments...most of those affected the total mileage somewhat...one of those resulted in the movement of the endpoint from Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Contrary to common belief, Route 66 never ran to the ocean; it terminated onto what was then US-101, at the intersection of what is today Lincoln Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard.
In the 1950s, Route 66 became the main highway for vacationers heading to Los Angeles...the road passed through the Painted Desert and near the Grand Canyon. Meteor Crater in Arizona was another popular stop...this sharp rise in tourism in turn gave rise to a burgeoning trade in all manner of roadside attractions including teepee shaped motels, frozen custard stands, Indian curio shops, and reptile farms. Meramec Caverns near St. Louis began advertising on barns, billing itself as the "Jesse James hideout"...The Big Texan advertised a free 72 ounce steak dinner to anyone who could eat the whole thing in an hour...it also marked the birth of the fast-food industry: "Red's Giant Hamburgs" in Springfield, Missouri, site of the first drive through restaurant, and the first McDonald's in San Bernardino, California. Changes like these to the landscape further cemented 66's reputation as a near perfect microcosm of the culture of America, now linked by the automobile . . . . . what this collections gives the viewer, is a feeling that you've been there...and that my friend is the whole point.
"A Journey Down Route 66 - 1994"
Play Feature, Scene Selection, Special Features interviews with Michael Wallis,
Suzanne Wallis, Producer & Director, Route 66 Trailer, T.E.G. Video Trailers
Producer Linda Lewis and director Christopher Lewis comments & Photo Gallery
"Route 66 Revisited - 1995"
Play Feature, Special Features, Snapshots From the Road,
T.E.G Videos, Photo Gallery and Credits
Route 66 Turns 75 - A Special Celebration 2000
Play Feature, Special Features,Snapshots From the Road,
T.E.G Videos, Photo Gallery, Exotic World Striptease Pageant
Over the years, U.S. Route 66 received many nicknames, they are as follows:
1. The Great Diagonal Way--Right after Route 66 was commissioned, it received
this nickname because a large section of the highway (Chicago to Oklahoma City)
ran diagonally, unlike the other highways.
2. The Main Street of America--Advertised as such by the US Highway 66 Association
to promote the highway. The title had also been claimed by supporters of U.S. Route 40,
but the Route 66 group was more successful.
3. The Mother Road--Called this by John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath", the title
continued to be applied to the highway.
4. The Will Rogers Highway-- "officially" named this by the US Highway 66 Association
in 1952. A plaque dedicating the highway to the humorist is still located opposite the western
terminus of Route 66 in Santa Monica, California. There were more plaques like this; one can
be found in Galena, Kansas. It was originally located on the Kansas-Missouri state line, but
moved to the Howard Litch Memorial Park in 2001.
Want to thank VCI Home Video for releasing "Route 66 - The Ultimate DVD Collection - hosted by Best Selling Author Michael Wallis, the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage era of the '40s & '50s...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there are plenty of copies available, stay tuned once again as we share so many wonderful memories of the times when we traveled the roads and highways through a young America, but remember Route 66 is still Magic!
Total Time: 3-DVD-Set ~ VCI Home Video #8466 ~ (5/30/2006)