Ron and I went to the Will Rogers Awards banquet tonight in Litchfield, Ill. The banquet is part of the annual festival, which is a combination car show, convention, and reunion for Route 66 enthusiasts. Several awards are presented at the banquet, with the Will Rogers Award being the biggest one of the night. They are given in several categories, including historic preservation, business, lifetime achievement, and just general contributions to the road.

Ron and I were surprised and delighted when he received the Person of the Year award for his blog, and then we were even more surprised when I received the Wallis 66 award for being a noisy writer/photographer/firebrand.

A committee chose the recipients for most of the awards, but Michael Wallis got to pick the recipient of his namesake award himself.

I’ll post something more thorough, with pictures and stuff, when I get home. (It’s hard to blog from an iPod.) For more about the festival, check Ron’s blog.


7 thoughts on “Cool.”

  1. Congratulations! What a wonderful way to be recognized for your contributions – just outstanding! You highlight issues and focus our efforts on helping truly deserving people. THANK YOU!

  2. YAY!! I’m so proud of you both! Fantastic that you two are getting the recognition you have earned.

  3. Congratulations on a well-deserved award. What you do for the Road is very valuable, but your ability to put your passion to words is PRICELESS!

  4. Congratulations and way to go on being recognized for your hard work. I’m sure you don’t do it hoping someone will give you awards — and that makes your work all the more special.


    p.s. My dad tells me our family is somehow connected to Will Rogers, cousin or something.

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