Friday, March 22, 1963: 'Route 66'

     Glenn Corbett joins the cast of CBS's "Route 66" as Army veteran Lincoln Case (in the episode "Fifty Miles From Home"). It is the first U.S. television show to feature a regularly appearing character who saw combat in Vietnam.
     From newspaper TV listings: "A Ranger, who emerges from the fighting in South Vietnam as a hero, finds himself facing more serious personal challenges in civilian surroundings."
     From DVDtalk.com: "In his introductory episode ... we learn that Lincoln not only served a tour in Vietnam, but that he was held prisoner there and had escaped after killing many of his captors ... Later in the episode, he tells of a harrowing experience where he lost the woman he loved to the Viet Cong."

* "Route 66" entry from Museum of Broadcast Communications: @
* Series overview from TV critic Ed Bark: @
* Watch "Fifty Miles From Home" (from Hulu): @
* Vietnam-related episodes: @
* "Why the mostly forgotten 'Route 66' was one of TV's most ambitious shows" (from A.V. Club): @
* "Wanderlust and Wire Wheels: The existential search of 'Route 66' " (Mark Alvey, from "The Road Movie Book" (edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark, 1997): @
* "The Road Story and the Rebel: Moving Through Film, Fiction and Television" (Katie Mills, 2006): @ 

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