Continuing with our pre-scheduled pieces that I wrote before taking off on my train journey to Chicago, as you read this I should be somewhere in the Southwest, heading towards Albuquerque, I think. Hopefully the elves back at the homestead are making sure these go out properly. But relying on them is never a sure thing...
The train appropriately enough is called the Southwest Chief, but this run used to be the famous Super Chief -- and that's the train that the 1976 movie, Silver Streak, was based on -- starring Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh and Richard Pryor. You'll no doubt recall that the story begins with Wilder boarding the train in Los Angeles and taking it to its memorable conclusion crashing into Union Station in Chicago. As whimsy would have it, that's exactly the route I'm taking...though hopefully without the "crashing into Union Station in Chicago" part.
Here's an eight-minute featurette on the making of that film.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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