It's the most famous highway in the world - find out, or remember, why.
Tens of thousands of travelers from around the world spend millions of dollars every year trying to recapture the aura of a simpler time. When gasoline can top $4 a gallon and Route 66 is, in many ways, a shell of its former glory, what keeps them coming? Author Bob Boze Bell, a lifelong resident of Kingman, Arizona (one of the quintessential Route 66 towns), has accumulated a unique sense of the Mother Road's history, not to mention friendships with folks from Kingman and other Route 66 communities. In The 66 Kid--part autobiography, part narrative history, part oral history - Bell offers a highly illustrated account of the world's most famous highway full of the author's personal observations and recollections, and exciting first-person accounts from people who lived, worked, and played along the road. Bell digs deep into the roots of the Route 66, offering insights into the people who made it run: from the neon-lit motels to the greasy-spoon diners, and even the shady roadside attractions. Illustrated with period postcards and photos, as well as the author's own maps and art created for this project, The 66 Kid proves that you can still get your kicks on Route 66.
Bob Boze Bell is the co-owner and publisher of True West magazine and the host of Outrageous Arizona, an Emmy-winning documentary about Arizona's road to statehood. He has published and illustrated groundbreaking books on Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, and Doc Holliday, as well as his series entitled Classic Gunfights. Boze’s artwork and writing have also appeared in Arizona Highways, New Times, Playboy, Wild West, and National Lampoon.
"Any rascal who misspent his youth in the '50s and '60s toting ice for travelers at his dad's gas station in Kingman, got his hand tangled up in a motel washing machine wringer, and lost his virginity in a Nash Rambler, should have one hell of a story to tell about his life and times on Route 66. And that is exactly what Bob Boze Bell delivers in this book about a fast life in the slow lane of that varicose and scarred path of concrete and asphalt. BBB's words and images are as tasty as truck-stop pie. You will want another helping."
--Michael Wallis, author of Route 66: The Mother Road and voice of The Sheriff of Radiator Springs in Cars
"I've heard some tall tales, but this one takes the cake. And, I love cake!"
--Hugh O'Brian, star of The Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp
"Bob Boze Bell has journeyed down many roads in his multifaceted life--musician, artist, radio and television personality, author, publisher, historian, devoted husband and father--but all roads lead back to Kingman, Arizona, and the 'Mother Road.' Buckle up, and enjoy one wild ride."
--Paul Andrew Hutton, Distinguished Professor of history, University of New Mexico