Lorrie Flemming- Route Blue ADVISOR
Is the Queen of the Mother Road and the Mentor and true Highway fairy of Route Blue. A story collector and amazing wealth of Highway folklore we at Route Blue Highway are blessed to have this incredible spirit as our guide.
My first introduction to Route 66 happened in 1960 at 9 years of age! This was in our living room in Burnaby, BC sitting in front of our TV set watching the weekly series “Route 66”. This alluring show captured (2) handsome gents (Buzz & Tod) traveling Route 66 across America in a Corvette Roadster. And that’s how my life & love of road tripping unfolded…
A bona fide baby boomer born in Vancouver, BC in May 1951, graduated in 1970 from Burnaby North Secondary on a commerce program. Accredited with clerical skills, I had the honor to be employed by BC Telephone Co for the next 34 years in postings as a tabulating clerk, stenographer & clerk-secretary network operations, acquiring vast communication skills. Armed with the tools to impart my presentation skill sets to articulately converse with people, my intrigue & love of travel led me to discover novel places and encounter interesting folks on life’s epic journey. Filled with the wonderment of new discoveries, my husband Bob, a skilled aircraft technician and seasoned traveler, opened the door for a life of “road & air travel” transporting us to unique places (sometimes off the map) and lost in time. This set the ground for an incredible experience of discovering Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona (off the beaten track), hence meeting the pioneer of the Route 66 Rebirth, Angel Delgadillo in his hometown.
Being “Touched by an Angel” soon spread to becoming the Canadian Route 66 Association incorporated in Victoria, BC on October 23, 1996.
As our Canadian Contingent burgeoned internationally, I was blessed by being touched by yet another “Angel” (Michelle Loughery), who contacted me in January 2002 introducing herself as the artist organizing the National Route 66 Mural Project in Cuba, Missouri. In Michelle’s message, she states “I am hoping to tie it into the inland corridor in Canada. I am currently applying for funding, communicating with communities along the route and formalizing a concrete schedule. I am looking for a contact person re. our Canadian Route 66 organization” … Hence, our special relationship spawned, initiated by David Knudson (Executive Director of the National Historic Route 66 Federation) who procured Michelle’s talent to kick start the “mural city designation” for Cuba, MO.
To sum it up, the friendship between Michelle & I morphed into a special kinship, upholding a shared value of commitment combined with a driving force to extend our love of humanity beyond borders. Moreover, Michelle’s gift of artistry creates an everlasting impression engrained in the landscape to guide us forward. And here we are on “Route Blue”, where lies ahead a new beginning on Life’s Creative Highway, a thread woven into the fabric of society poised to usher an all-inclusive guideway with boundless possibilities… Let the journey begin!
Submitted on April 11, 2017