What do you know? Roxbury Entertainment listened to all the complaints about cropping their "Route 66" episodes into a false widescreen image -- and they did something about it! They've restored the original uncropped image, and re-released season one in its own new complete set (it was previously in 2 half-season sets, the second of which had the hated cropped image). How about that?
And true to my word, I immediately bought the new, all-fixed set. Thanks, guys! Now, that's customer service. Color me impressed.