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Here are some “Cars” movie toys February 26, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Toys.
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The About.com Web site has details about Mattel toys coming from Pixar Animation Studios‘ Route 66 film, “Cars,” to be released June 9.

Below are some character assortment toys. FYI: The sheriff’s car is voiced by Michael Wallis, who wrote “Route 66: The Mother Road” and is technical adviser for the film.

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This is the Fast-Talkin’ Lightning McQueen toy, which has animated eyes, a moving mouth, can be programmed for 15 tricks and can say more than 30 phrases.

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Here are Zip Sticks Racers.

ziptoys.jpgThis is a Later Mater game, in which players must race the clock to put the rickety Mater tow truck back together.

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Finally, here is the Mountain Challenge Playset: “Kids will have fun recreating all of the excitement from the Disney/Pixar movie set by making it past the wagon wheel that spins randomly from this moving playset. They have to control the lever to make it past and over the bridge without getting thrown off the ‘mountain.’ Kids will love loading several favorite CARS character cars onto the mountain and watch it shake with crazy action. Look out for that wacky spin-out curve, every time the cars go around, something different happens. The Mountain Challenge playset comes with one ‘Willy’s Butte’ deco Lightning McQueen die-cast car.”

That mountain, by the way, will remind many Route 66ers of Oatman Road in western Arizona.

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Son of soccer legend will tour Route 66 February 25, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Television.
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Calum Best, the male-model son of late former soccer star George Best, is going to drive Route 66 on a motorcycle for a television show, according to the Belfast Independent.

Riding with him will be Fran Cosgrave, a co-winner of a reality show, “Celebrity Love Island.”

You can read the story here.

Route 66 festival holding a talent show February 25, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Music.
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It’s happening during the annual event in Edwardsville, Ill., according to the Edwardsville Intelligencer.

Auditions for the talent show will be in late March and early April and the talent show will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 9 and group talent will take place on Saturday.

Individuals may preform any of their talents such as dance, voice, comic, magic and so on. Community members are encouraged to participate.

“Last year we had a phenomenal success with the talent show,” Executive Director of the Edwardsville Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Carol Foreman said. “There will be cash prizes and we are still looking for a sponsor for this particular event.”

If you would like more information or to schedule an audition, call Melissa Muehler of Southern Illinois Chiropractic Center, Ltd. at 288-7991 or email at [email protected]

New “Cars” trailer February 24, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Movies.
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Inside Line has a new “Cars” trailer from Pixar Animation Studios. It’s similar to the Super Bowl ad, with a few new scenes thrown in.

St. Robert, Mo., will hook up with byway program February 24, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, History, Towns.
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The Route 66 town of St. Robert, Mo., decided to participate in the National Scenic Byway program and is applying for a $1.3 million grant, reports The Pulaski County Democrat.

The city would use the funds to install a Trail of Tears Interpretive site and fitness trail, working with the National Historic Trail System of Santa Fe, N.M. The area is in the northern route of the “Trail of Tears,

Pain Walker update February 24, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in People.
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The Mountain View Telegraph in Albuquerque has a story about Dennis Kinch, the man who’s walking Route 66 to raise awareness for the National Pain Foundation. According to the story, Kinch’s toughest stretch of road of 1,300 miles so far was near Clines Corners, N.M., where he encountered a stiff headwind walking uphill.

Fat Man and his wife are splitting up February 24, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in People.
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Steve Vaught of thefatmanwalking.com decided to head off some rumors at the pass, and confirmed that he and his wife are getting divorced. It sounds like this has been developing for some time. Apparently the couple feel they are better off apart than together.

You can read about it here; scroll down to the Feb. 23 entry. The story that apparently started the rumors is here.