Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Get Your Kicks

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Get Your Kicks

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The beginning of my restless youth. Route 66

with Tod & Buz as Harvard & Hell's Kitchen,

shot in black & white in Butte & Cleveland,

Punta Gorda, Carlsbad, Corpus Christi.

Writing I loved by Stirling Silliphant with titles

like "Ever Ride the Waves in Oklahoma"

& actor-legends Buster Keaton, Bob Duvall,

Julie Newmar, Sessue Hayakawa.

In my fave: Buz & Tod cruise past the Fort Pitt Tunnel,

laughing, "Goodbye Pittsburgh ... Hello World"

but circle back to gather Ethel Waters' old friends

one more time before she dies in Pittsburgh.

When I was 16, my rose-petal-eating English teacher

told us: Just do a project for the year, don't bother me.

So I wrote a script for Tod & Buz & it was lame

but what I learned: Sure, it would be great to be

winsome Inger Stevens or earthy Zohra Lampert,

but maybe, kicks enough, to write the stories. …

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