Bob Boze Bell: Growing up on Route 66

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

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.

Author, publisher, illustrator, and Emmy-winning director and host Bob Boze Bell puts the everlasting allure of Route 66 into perspective by showing readers what it was like growing up in Kingman, during the heyday of automobile travel in the 1950's and 1960's.  This personal take on the Mother Road's History - part autobiography, part narrative history, part oral history, all beautifully illustrated - expertly weaves personal memories and observations with entertaining first-person accounts of 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 personal archival photographs, maps, period advertising art, vintage postcards, specially commissioned maps and of course the author's own fantastic watercolors, The 66 Kid is a Mother Road book like no other, offering a unique look at a slice of Route 66's history.  Entertaining and fascinating, while making sense of the highways enduring popularity, The 66 Kid proves that you can still get your kicks on Route 66.

About the Author: 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...should have one hell of a story to tell about his life and times on Route 66. BBB's words and images are as tasty as truck-stop pie. You will want another helping."