For my birthday, Ron M. gave me a book entitled "Means of Transit", a memoir by Tulsa author Teresa Miller. I'm enjoying it immensely, especially all the references to places I recognize. I just had to laugh at a passage the author relates about an incident that occurred when she was on the faculty at Rogers State College (now University) in Claremore. She invited the world famous PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer to speak at the college. He responded that he'd be delighted to accept, with only one condition -- he didn't want to stay at the Elm Motel! He claimed he'd traveled the country with his bus driver father when he was a kid, and knew which motels to avoid.
The Elms doesn't look too bad today. It's old, and it's outdated, but still appears to be serviceable. I pass it each day on the way to Afton, so I'll now look at it with different eyes.