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The Late Martin Milner to be Honored at International Mother Road Festival
Actor Martin Milner, who was featured in the first International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in Springfield in 2002, will be memorialized at this year’s event. Event organizers say he will be honored with the first Martin Milner Award, which will be given to the best restored police vehicle on display at the car show, September 25-27 in downtown Springfield. The award ceremonies take place Sunday the 27th.

Milner died Sunday night in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family. He was 83 years old. Milner becoame famous on the '60s TV hits "Route 66" and "Adam-12."

From CNN: "In 'Route 66,' which ran from 1960 to 1964, Milner played Tod Stiles, a restless young man who wandered the country with buddy Buz Murdock (later Lincoln Case) in a Corvette convertible, taking odd jobs and helping local people with their struggles."

"Inspired by Jack Kerouac's novel 'On the Road,' the show tackled social issues and filmed in locations all over the country, reflecting the rise of American car culture and the interstate highway system."

"A few years later, Milner returned to TV screens weekly as LAPD officer Pete Malloy in 'Adam-12,' about two patrol cops who grapple with a range of incidents -- from the murderous to the mundane -- while cruising the streets of Los Angeles. A steady, principled veteran of the force, Malloy was paired with a rookie cop, Jim Reed (Kent McCord)."