RALLS, TEXAS -- George's Restaurant.
I'm not as smart as I think I am. But I'm still lucky.
Yesterday I thought I found the house on the Scott Ranch where John, Elaine but not Charley Steinbeck enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday 50 years ago.
The house I found was located north of Amarillo seven miles off Highway 87 in the middle of a vast cattle and oil ranch in Moore County.
It looked like this:
But this morning, as I left Lubbock for New Orleans, I got a call from one of the people in Amarillo I tried to reach yesterday.
The man, an attorney, said the house I'm looking for -- which was owned by the family of Elaine's ex-husband, actor Zachary Scott -- is another former Scott family house on another former Scott family ranch in another county.
The attorney gave me the name of the Lubbock cattleman who now owns the ranch. I called the owner and, in keeping with the generous spirit of all the Texans I have met, he said I was welcome to go there and check it out.
The house is east of Amarillo in Clarendon, Texas, on a 40,000 acre ranch. I'm headed there now. It's back the way I came. But after 9,000 miles on the Steinbeck Highway, what's a little 156-mile detour?