"then you are skidding across the forest-green -carpeted hallway of a Motel 6 in Athens, Ohio, at 4.16a.m., Monday, August 6, 1981"


A modern Motel 6
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeA modern Motel 6 - Credit: Terry Ross

Motel 6 is a chain of budget motels in the United States and Canada. It was founded in Santa Barbara, California in 1962 by building contractors William Becker and Paul Greene. The name was derived from the fact that they only charged $6 per night, by the time Henry finds himself in a Motel 6 in 1981 the rooms cost $25 per night. 

According to the Motel 6 website there is currently no Motel 6 in Athens, Ohio.













Athens is the county seat of Athens County, Ohio, United States and the home of Ohio Univeristy.

Downtown Athens, Ohio
GNU Free Documentation LicenseDowntown Athens, Ohio - Credit: Ed













AUGUST 6TH, 1981

August 6th 1981 was a Thursday; 'Jessie's Girl' by Rick Springfield was number 1 in the US Charts, whilst ‘Green Door’ by Shakin’ Stevens was number 1 in the UK charts and Prince Charles and Princess Diana graced the cover of that week’s TIME magazine dated August 3rd. The July issue of Rolling Stone was still on the stands with Tom Petty on the cover alongside the caption “one man’s war against high record prices”. Earlier in the year Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were featured on Stevie Nicks’ track Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, that track was taken from her first solo album, Bella Donna, which was released on this day.