Route 66 song of the week video plus Berwyn car show update, miscellany, Santa Fe Speedway


Okay, we’ve been telling you for weeks now that the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show and the EAA’s B-17 visit to Lewis University Airport are this coming weekend, along with Quarry Days in Hodgkins.   And Saturday evening in Hodgkins is the last car cruise of the summer.  So:  in honor of all that car culture, it only seems fair that this week’s Route 66 song of the week video is composer and arranger Nelson Riddle’s theme from the Route 66 TV show – in this case, supporting a video parade of classic cars, with emphasis on (wait for it) Corvettes.  I love that guy; he was so good with arrangements, but also that’s a damned fine theme.  Our thanks to Tom Bower for posting this clip on YouTube.

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66 Book update:  More leads on Jack Peabody, his horse farm and White Fence Farm restaurant


You just never know where your research will lead.  Sometimes they take you indirectly to some great stories, which makes being willing to dig around a little further than most people will very rewarding.  And sometimes those stories just seem to come on a silver platter.

I’d written a post last December about the possible remnants of outbuildings on what used to be the Jack Peabody horse farm on Joliet Road/historic Route 66, at Bluff Road on the border between Lemont and Romeoville.  We got to see those buildings last September, courtesy of local resident Ann Dralle, whose property on Davey Road backs up to the eastern end of what used to be first the Peabody horse farm (Arrow Brook Farm), then the Elwyn Reed farm, then Hillcrest Park, the private/corporate picnic grounds.

White Fence Farm, lower left, with the Hassert homestead, upper left, and part of the Peabody Arrow Brook Farm, upper right, circa 1939 (1939 aerial survey)

White Fence Farm, lower left, with the Hassert homestead, upper left, and part of the Peabody Arrow Brook Farm, upper right, circa 1939 (1939 aerial survey)

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Book update: unexpected help always eases the pains of being an author


So we blew off the blog between Halloween and Hanukkah – it got busy … (’scuse usYou try maintaining the daily 9-to-5, family life, and writing a collaborative book manuscript all at once and see how well you do.)   No, really:  between family stuff like one of our mom’s houses being broken into, losing not one but two of our video editors for the IGS film projects to new jobs, and trying to get the Lawndale film DVD out and publicized, the time just got away from us.  Honest.  And now it’s the holiday season, and we still have one-quarter of the book to finish.  Yeah, good luck with that.

Well, to be fair, we did leave most of the difficult stuff for the end (no, we’re not doing this in order: it’s not a novel), so we had to expect that the last part would take the longest.  But, thank heavens, it’s still fun – and sometimes the coolest things happen when you least expect them.  Like yesterday.

old Peabody farm outbulding, Lemont, IL - blog (JDK)

The ruins of an outbuilding on the former Arrow Brook Farm (the Peabody horse farm), last known as Hillcrest Park, Lemont, IL (Copyright 2012 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved)

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