A driver’s chance encounter spirals into multi-media coverage
Even though the film had limited distribution, on four occasions truckers approached him because they recognized him from the film.
Young has continued to drive, currently as a company driver for Marten Transport. Though he’s been out of the limelight, Overdrive’s promotion of this year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 15-22, has resulted in one more spinoff from Reierson’s book. Most of the images in Overdrive’s video, “Headed Home,” come from the book, including some of Young and his family.
We’ve also had readers submitting statements about a special driver that they appreciate. You can read them — and submit your own — at iLuvMyTrucker.com.
By starring in “Drive and Deliver,” Young and the other truckers did their part to further trucker appreciation for those outside the industry. Young’s glad to have a copy “to hand down to my kids and my grandkids. That way they can see what it’s like and what I’m like.”
Family, as Young knows, is the source of the most important appreciation, and it needs to be reciprocal. When he emailed family photos to me, he included this statement about his family:
“Without them ‘holding down the fort’ at home, it would be impossible for us to be out here doing our job every day! We’d like to thank our children: CJ Young, Cacie Young-Combs, and Sarah Young as well as our other family members … Our family means everything to us!!