Growing up in SoCal, I lived a mile south of a major highway named Foothill Boulevard. In the days before freeways and Interstates, Foothill was the major east-west highway through our small town. Oh, it was also the major east-west highway from Los Angeles to Chicago and was known to the rest of the country as Route 66. Did I, as a kid, know Route 66 was going to be such an icon?
My son Greg pointed out that having a song written about something might be an indication that the “something” might become an icon. I’d add that having a TV series might also indicate such a status.
From October 7, 1960 to March 20, 1964, there was a TV series called Route 66 that followed two young men crossing the country in a Chevrolet Corvette. The cute thing is that they almost never travelled on “The Mother Road,” as Route 66 was also known.
Here are two different versions of the same song, (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66.
Route 66-1by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
Route 66-2by Depeche Mode. This one gets me because we have a British electronic music group singing about “The Mother Road” and doing it better than many other groups have done. The graphics are also great as they represent what The Mother Road actually looked like.
The cute thing is that the producers of the TV series didn’t want to pay the royalties for the original song and wrote their own theme song, which was not as good.
This Week’s Challenge:
Using prose or poetry, discuss what you have encountered in the past or what you are encountering now that you take for granted and might become an icon such as Route 66.
Do you have a highway, library, theater, mall, museum, or any other establishment that you take for granted? Might one of them become an icon in the future? How? Why?
Take the opposite approach (something I prefer to do). On September 9, 1939, Gone with the Wind premiered at the Fox Theatre in Riverside, California. In the late ‘80s, I lived in downtown Riverside and walked past the Fox Theatre regularly noticing the ads for the adult-oriented movies they were showing on a daily basis. What happened to it? Why don’t many people even realize its historical value?
Look around your hometown and try to picture it fifty years from now. What is there that will still be there and what might stand out after that many years?
See if you can find any likeness to either Bedford Falls or Pottersville in your hometown or the town in which you’re now living. Would you consider any such likeness to be iconic in any way? Could it ever be considered iconic in the future?
Watch Out For:
Talk about your hometown or the town in which you’re now living. Even if you can’t think of anything iconic about anything around you, tell us that.
The search function is working better, but many members are still having trouble posting their work. That means that if you post something to the Gather Writing Essential group, I might find it. If you post just to your own page, I probably won’t find it unless you give me some clue that it exists. Following are the only posts I could find this week.
Zero Tolerance--Satwe--Stupidity by sarah leanne
Americanism repost for Saturday Writing Essential 7/8/2013 by Jules who is loving life again
My Ideas Dr. Gatherstein - Saturday Writing Essentials - SATWE by Elsie Duggan
Satwe---Fiction--STATIC-- by sarah leanne
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Challenge: Using prose or poetry, discuss what you have encountered in the past or what you are encountering now that you take for granted and might become an icon such as Route 66.
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