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January 31, 2014

Home stretch on Signature Five of "The 66 Kid." We've got The Mapinator, Gus Walker hard at it with a four spread take on all the businesses on Route 66 going through Kingman in the classic period, 1955-1965. Lots of rare photos, including this one:


Goodwin Pool at McConnico, below Kingman, 1949.


Notice the kids jumping in the pool, just over wall, at right. Also, one kid is sun bathing on the wall, at left end of wall. The sign across the highway says, "Protect Your Car" and appears to be a gas station advertisement. Just beyond those jagged buttes in the background is Perfume Pass.


Meanwhile, whipped out this little True West Moment this morning before coming into work:


Daily Whipout: "Men From Music Mountain"


I'm also working on a piece, "Five Babysitters Who Changed My Life." This is one of them:


My babysitter in Kingman, 1949: "Mrs. Holmes"


Buns just called me and corrected several omissions on our Route 66 street map of Kingman. I left out the City Cafe (not sure how that happened), plus the Antler Garage, which his father ran. Oh, and the Platter, owned by Mr. Moline's family (Mr. Moline being a popular fifth grade teacher).


Buns also told me a story I had forgotten. When we went to the State Little League Tournament in Phoenix (1959) we stayed at the Palomine Inn on west Van Buren and one of the coaches, Mr, Baxter, sat us down and told us we could have fun but "absolutely no jumping on the beds." He wasn't gone five minutes and we broke every bed in the place.


"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

—Winston Churchill

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Comment by Sue Cauhape on January 31, 2014 at 11:42pm

In 1956, when I was six, we stayed in a really fancy motel in Phoenix. My dad was stationed in Ajo during WWII and was amazed at how much Phoenix had grown in the following decade. Anyway, I can't remember the name of the motel, Flamingo Inn? or something like that. Beautiful gardens and a huge pool. Any guesses?

Comment by Bob Boze Bell on February 1, 2014 at 5:51am

Yes, there were quite a few along Grand Avenue and Van Buren. I believe there was a Flamingo Motel, but I'll have to do some checking, although Gay Mathis has probably already looked it up and booked a room for us. Ha.

Comment by Gold Lady on February 1, 2014 at 7:42am
Comment by Bob Boze Bell on February 1, 2014 at 7:52am

And Gold Lady beats Gay to the punch! Good work.

Comment by Gay Mathis on February 1, 2014 at 11:58am
Comment by Margaret-Anne Moore on February 1, 2014 at 12:56pm

By the way, is it possible that Joseph Christmas Ives may have been related to either Charles or burl?  Burl Ives was my first folk singer!

Comment by Margaret-Anne Moore on February 1, 2014 at 1:13pm

Sir Winston had a way with words.  Quite a few years ago, we had a  "blessed event"  with a pair of mixed Terrier--the Terrier was mixed with whatever, although the male may have been pure American Staffordshire Terrier.  We had to find new homes for all the babies.  I voiced a wish that they had been pure-bred English bull dogs and that one of the babies looked like Sir Winston!  I flatly stated that if Sir Winston was still alive we would have sent him a photo of that baby and requested permission to name it in his honor. I have always suspected that he was a dog lover!

Comment by Sue Cauhape on February 1, 2014 at 3:21pm

Memory is an interesting animal. At six years old, I remember the pool area being much bigger and not the oval shaped pool shown in the picture. It was crowded with people and, as I recall, was shaped more irregularly to accommodate various ages and skill levels. This Flamingo Motel may very well be the one, but you know how memories morph over time. Thanks for looking. I tried googling it and came up empty. Your efforts and talents are appreciated.

Comment by Margaret-Anne Moore on February 1, 2014 at 4:05pm

Thanks, Gay, you always come through.  You should see some of the places in out area and what they looked like when I was young in the 1940s and 1950s and what they look like now.

Comment by Margaret-Anne Moore on February 8, 2014 at 1:26pm

Some years ago, I attended an event  as  U.S.C.  Since I was there very early, I strolled around the campus for a short while.  I had not been on the campus in a number of years.  GUESS WHAT!  THE STATUTE OF  "TOMMY TROJAN"  HAD SHRUNK!!!


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