Saturday, April 14, 2012

Route 66 Legend Ernie Edwards Dies At 94-- Part 1

From the April 12th Springfield (Il) State Journal Register by Dan Tackett.

Route 66 "lost one of its favorite sons."

"Edwards, who oversaw his small nondescript diner from under his tall white chef's hat, earned a reputation with travelers as a jokester and teller of tall tales. Few who new him would argue Ernie had the art of schmoozing with strangers mastered to a well-honed science."

On 1990, he was the first to be inducted into the Route 66 Association of Illinois' Hall of Fame. Born August 15, 1917, in southern Illinois,he came to Lincoln in 1934 and owned his own restaurant at age 24. He operated the Pig Hip Restaurant starting in 1937 until the 1990s.

After he closed the place, he opened the Pig Hip Restaurant Museum before it burned in 2007. He then "held court" in his house located by the restaurant site.

More to Come. --RoadDog

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