The Waldmire Road Yacht Talks!
by Preservation Chairman, John Weiss
When visitors to Pontiac stop to see Bob Waldmire's Road Yacht, they immediately want to know all about it: What its significance is and why it's on display at the Route 66 Association of Illinois Museum and Hall of Fame. The outside of the converted schoolbus is certainly interesting but most people want to explore the treasures that fill the inside as well. Unfortunately, the converted school bus can only be open to the public when an attendant is stationed inside.
Recently we added a message repeater system next to the front door to provide visitors with information about the bus even when no attendant is on site. The three minute message tells folks about the Road Yacht and Bob Waldmire and even includes a one minute message spoken by Bob himself. It also directs folks to the Bob Waldmire exhibit in the building behind the Road Yacht.
On the day I was installing the message repeater, a visitor asked if he could tour the inside of the bus; I had to tell him he wouldn't be able to enter until I was finished with the installation. When he came back, he introduced himself and his wife as Cameron and Jessica Mueller, the son and daughter in-law of Kevin & Nancy Mueller, owners of the famous Blue Swallow Motel on Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. So the repeater's button was pressed and the message heard for the very first time by this couple who are a part of Route 66's big extended family!
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