American artistDied when: 64 years 241 days (775 months)
Star Sign: Aries
Robert Waldmire (April 19, 1945 – December 16, 2009) was an American artist and cartographer who was well known for his artwork of U.S.
Route 66, including whimsical maps of the Mother Road and its human and natural ecology.Being the son of Ed Waldmire Jr., he is often associated with the Cozy Dog Drive In restaurant in Springfield, Illinois (on U.S.
Route 66), the elder Waldmire (along with his friend Don Strand) having created the Cozy Dog.His career as a professional artist began during his student days at Southern Illinois University.
He returned home to draft a "bird's-eye-view" poster of his hometown; merchants paid to include their businesses in the posters, which he could then sell in the merchant's place of business at a profit.
He extended the idea to 34 cities, then turned his attentions to the promotion of historic U.S.Route 66.Waldmire was a well-known snowbird, spending his winter months in Arizona's Chiricahua Mountains in a self-sufficient home of his own design.
During the summer, he travelled the country, but based himself in his native Central Illinois, living in a converted Chevrolet school bus near Springfield.