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Mother and Daughter Find More Than Kicks on Rte. 66

Lauren Cardillo and her mother, Irene, made several stops along Route 66 in 1995. Lauren's documentary about the highway will air Dec. 18 on WETA.
Lauren Cardillo and her mother, Irene, made several stops along Route 66 in 1995. Lauren's documentary about the highway will air Dec. 18 on WETA. (By Page Konrad)

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By C. Woodrow Irvin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 7, 2006

"If you ever plan to motor west,

travel my way, take the highway that's the best.

Get your kicks on Route 66.

It winds from Chicago to L.A.,

more than 2,000 miles all the way.

Get your kicks on Route 66."

-- "Route 66," by Bobby Troup

Americans born after the construction of the Interstate Highway System began 50 years ago might not understand how important U.S. Highway 66 -- the primary east-west road between Chicago and Los Angeles until expressways made it superfluous -- once was to the collective national consciousness.

But it isn't so hard for foreigners. For some, whose knowledge of the United States comes largely by way of mid-20th-century films, television shows, music and literature that featured the road, Route 66 is the real America.


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