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Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004 12:00 am

From tow truck to guppies

During its half-century as a cross-country highway, Route 66 was the road taken frequently by migrants. In 1933 and '34, a half-million people drove it to Chicago to see Sally Rand and the Worl
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004 12:00 am
After a 27-year career in state government, Maynard Crossland quietly cleaned out his desk at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and left. With his departure, announced by the agency on
Thursday, June 17, 2004 12:00 am
Last week in Tulsa, Rochester artist Bob Waldmire won Route 66's most prestigious honor, the Steinbeck Award. He is the third consecutive winner from Illinois and the fourth overall. The family of J
Thursday, April 29, 2004 12:00 am
Bill Thomas may make his living on the cutting edge of computer technology, but he treasures small-town life. Most of the staff of his Atlanta, Ill.-based company, Teleologic Learning, live in
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003 12:00 am

Route 66 lives on the information superhighway

The Internet is a great but often shallow sea. True to its populist and idiosyncratic nature, you find just about anything on it. There just aren't too many Marianas Trenches of information alo
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003 12:00 am

Ernie Edwards serves up some stories from the Road

Ernie Edwards, longtime proprietor of the Pig Hip Restaurant in Broadwell, is one of Route 66's most gifted and proficient storytellers. With 54 years in business and a dozen years of retirement
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003 12:00 am
Since vibrations first tickled our vocal cords, mankind has been a compulsive communicator. From petroglyphs to DVDs, from Dead Sea scrolls to skywriting, we've left no expressive stone unturned in ou
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 12:00 am

How one local boy came to own the Alamo, Two Brothers, and Norb Andy’s

As a 13-year-old goalie for the Springfield Kings, Barry Friedman's job was to turn people away and deflect their shots. He did it well enough to win a college scholarship. Now, as owner of three of t
Thursday, March 27, 2003 12:00 am
My son's leaving for Iraq this week. I wish him well. For years I've told him what his generation needed was a good war. It would be a wonderful character builder. See how it worked for mine? But I me


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