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Tue 11 Dec 2007

Interesting interview with some guy who wrote a Lincoln book. The part that I liked is about 3/4 of the way down:

I decided I would try and piece together this Lincoln Heritage Trail that my parents had taken me on when I was a kid. I tried to find a map. I looked on the Internet, asked everyone I could. Couldn't find anything about the Lincoln Heritage Trail.

Finally, I got a call from the director of tourism in Illinois. She said, I've got your guy—the man who invented the Lincoln Heritage Trail in 1961. He's still alive. I called the guy up. Waxing eloquent, I said, It's such an honor to speak with you, because the trail is really from a time when people cared enough about Lincoln and our history to try to honor the places he'd been, to touch the places he'd touched. . . .

And there was a long pause. He finally said, Uh, thanks. But, you know, don't you, this whole thing was cooked up by the marketing guys at the American Petroleum Institute? They wanted to get people in their cars buying gasoline.

The thing had been a marketing scam. They had done it out here in the East, a George Washington Heritage Trail. There was a Hiawatha Heritage Trail. And the Petroleum Institute had put together this one for Lincoln. All to sell gasoline. When you scratch anything in America, there's a profit motive not too far underneath.

Still I ended up going to these places and dragging my poor kids along.

Yes, I live on the Lincoln Heritage Trail, thank you very much. I think I need to read this book now, too.

via Arts & Letters Daily, which if you are an unrepentant web surfer like me, and you like to read more than the latest Fark headline ("Guess the plot. Article contains the words 'Bowling,' 'Drunk,' 'Trailer,' 'Grandkids,' 'Shooting,' 'Leroy' and 'Dreads.' Difficulty: West Virginia") you really should be checking regularly.
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