‘America respected and loved truckers a lot more back then’

Gregg Blair | August 13, 2013

Gregg Blair is one of our friends and a reader on the George and Wendy Show Facebook page. He sent us a letter the other day, and it was possibly one of the most fascinating stories I’ve ever read. I love to hear the true veterans of the industry talk about old times — it’s a real treat to get one on the CB who wants to talk. It’s even better to have a six-million-mile veteran write a story for you. Thanks, Gregg. Your story is priceless, and I’m humbled you let me share it. Wendy Parker


Gregg Blair retired in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he enjoys his days happily tinkering around the house, camping, and spending time with his wife.
Gregg Blair retired in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he enjoys his days happily tinkering around the house, camping, and spending time with his wife.

I bought my first Peterbilt in 1975 at age 24 and trucked full-time until a year and a half ago, when I couldn’t pass the DOT physical due to several heart conditions and had a cardiac defibrillator implanted.

You might be interested to know that we didn’t have cell phones, computers, satellite radio, or tubeless tires for trucks. In their infancy were engine brakes, radar, and air-ride suspensions. The length limit east of the Mississippi was 55 feet, and nationwide speed limit was 55 mph. The gross weight limit was 73,280 lbs. in most states, 32K on tandems and12K on the steer. Trailer lengths were mostly 38-40 feet.

I started out hauling dry freight in a box. Six months later, I switched to flatbedding with International Transport out of Rochester, Minn. We called it the “Crayola Box,” because we had to paint our truck green and yellow to match our primary customer, John Deere. Ten years later, IT sold their authority to Schneider and became Schneider Specialized. In 1985, I leased on with Southern Pride Trucking in San Diego, where I lived, and hauled jet engines for the next 27 years until I was forced to retire.

“Six million miles. When Dad died in 1976, I wouldn’t have known except I blew out a tire on company trailer and called in for a P.O. number.” –Gregg Blair

Before deregulation of trucking, we had authority to haul specific commodities to and from specific locations. Authority looked more like a phone book than a document. Occasionally we would “interface” with another company to use their authority, and we would have to detour through the interface point.

If a trucker ran east, they pretty much had to have a cabover, and 350 hp was a pretty big engine, although there were some monsters available, like the KTAs. There were very few cops and a third of the traffic there is now out in the Western boonies. The interstate system wasn’t finished and you had to have a license to talk on a CB radio. There were no private showers in truck stops and not many women truckers. Diesel cost about 25 cents per gallon, depending on what state you were in. The log book only got checked about once a year, and it wasn’t any big deal. No long-form medical — we only carried the medical card, and it was pretty hard for cops to check if it was legitimate. I usually filled out my own medical card when it expired. Elizabeth Dole brought in the DOT as you know it today.

"HOME ON THE ROAD" -- That's how Gregg Blair describes the 1999 Peterbilt he last owned. The big blue truck is a '99 Pete. 600 h.p. C16 cat with auto shift 18 speed. 355 rears. Full length double frame. 500 gallons fuel. The sleeper is a 200" ICT on air ride bunk mate.  The back 50" is a garage with an electric motorcycle lift.   Keeps the bike clean like it is in the back seat of your car. I put about 1.75 million miles on that truck. Inside the sleeper,  kitchen, shower & toilet, washer/dryer,  42" flatscreen with surround sound and tracking satelite TV dish.  Heated floor. 15K btu A/C. 8K diesel generator.  Home on the road.
“HOME ON THE ROAD” — That’s how Gregg Blair describes the 1999 Peterbilt he last owned, powered by a 600-hp C16 Caterpilla with 18 speed autoshift and 3:55 rears. The full-length double frame was outfitted with tanks that could carry 500 gallons fuel. The sleeper was built by ICT and weighs in at 200 inches on an air-ride bunk mate. “I put about 1.75 million miles on that truck,” says Blair. Inside the sleeper were featured a kitchen, shower and toilet, washer/dryer, 42-inch flatscreen with surround sound and tracking satellite TV dish.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Elizabeth Dole to head the DOT around the time deregulation and, later, the CDL came into effect. It was certainly easier to haul more products, however the rate to haul them was open to competition. The competition became fierce, and truckers’ profit diminished. Survival depended on your ability to adapt. Prior to the CDL, it was very easy to get a license to drive a truck. In some states, a car license was adequate.

There was no multiviscosity oil, and combined with much lower compression ratios, this made it difficult to crank up in the winter. We had a manual compression release so we could wind it up before starting the engine. Wheels were two-piece, many on Dayton hubs. And there were only bias ply tires. You were doing good to get 100,000 miles out of a tire. If you ran a tire flat for more than a couple miles, you could kiss it goodbye.

The rear 50-inch compartment on the ICT sleeper functioned as a garage with an electric motorcycle lift. "Keeps the bike clean like it is in the backseat of your car," says Blair.
The rear 50-inch compartment on the ICT sleeper functioned as a garage with an electric motorcycle lift. “Keeps the bike clean like it is in the backseat of your car,” says Blair.

Winters really were brutally colder in the 70s and 80s. I remember many times when the temperature was colder then -30 F. Once in Northern Alberta, I had a load of plate steel that couldn’t be unloaded because it was -50 F. They used a crane with tongs that bit into the steel, and told me they weren’t allowed to unload below -40 F because the tongs would slip off. But good news, the next day it warmed up to -40.

In the 90s many people sold their snowmobiles — the winters were so mild there wasn’t enough snow to ride. Temperatures were considerably warmer, too. In recent years, the big storms are coming back. Apparently, there’s a cycle.

We didn’t have clutch fans. The engine fan ran all the time. To keep the engine warm, we had shutters with a thermostat to open them called a “shutterstat.” Ether was used to fire up when it was cold. No ABS brakes. One of the first ABS systems was “121,” which could be affected by radio transmissions such as a big linear amplifier, occasionally leaving you without any brakes. 121 didn’t stay on the market very long, but I loved mine because you had great brakes when they were working.

Very few trucks had power steering. “Center point” steering was easy to steer but still not hydraulic assist. Air assist was early power steering.

Not all hubs were oil bath. Many were just packed in grease. No LED lights, only bulbs. Some air cleaners were oil bath, unlike today’s paper elements. Unburned diesel fuel is black smoke, and there was plenty of that coming out the stacks.

Three wasn’t much chrome available unless you had something chromed yourself. Stainless, too. Front bumpers were skinny, often a steel channel. Windshield wiper motors were pneumatic. The CB radio only had 23 channels, and they weren’t limited to 4 watts. We had “fire in the wire.”

We were only allowed 8 feet of width (96 inches), and big cities had wider lanes than they do now. Cities have had to squeeze in an extra lane. At 96 inches wide and another foot of lane and a third the traffic, it was much easier to navigate, not to mention the short wheelbases and short trailers.

America respected and loved truckers a lot more then. But what’s not to love. We had Sonny and Will.

There was a fairly widespread usage of amphetamines. Not for me, though. They would leave you absolutely exhausted. I preferred to focus on good sleep when you had time for it. I could cover a lot more ground. 

Six million miles. When Dad died in 1976, I wouldn’t have known except I blew out a tire on company trailer and called in for a P.O. number.

  • martymarsh

    wow, I thought I forgot all of that.

  • ShelleyHughes

    My husband has been trucking since around 1970. Ordered his first truck , a 1974 Pete with shutters, still has it as a reminder of the good days when there was still pride in being a trucker. We can relate so much to what you are saying. Deregulation ruined this business, the younger generation just don’t realize how much nor do they care.

  • Ray

    People respected truck drivers back in the day because you didn’t have all the goobers that we have today. If someone makes a mistake, you can bet that some short tempered douche bag is going to rake the poor driver over the coals instead of maybe offering some helpful advice or having a little patience. I grew up with my dad driving a truck and after eighteen years of driving myself, I am completely disgusted with the whole industry. Granted, there are quite a few good drivers out there, but as a whole we are treated exactly the way we deserve to be treated. And as for the ones that will say, “If you don’t like it, get out,” well, that is easier said than done when you don’t have the skills or education to make the move to a new career. Oh well, it’s like trying to talk to a bunch of eggplants.

  • joe bielucki

    And truck stops had real food, not a kiosk with heat lamp garbage.

  • Phil Hibbs

    Great story brings back many memories, we have truckers today, but few would survive with no air condition, power sterring or operate under the conditions my dad and many others did, they say those were the good olde days..thanks for the memories

  • rc1234

    I started trucking in 1970 and bought my first truck in 1972..a 150″ wheelbase Brockway cab over with Hendrickson suspension and no power steering, but it had a 318 with 15 spd. Couldn’t get enough of it…Am still trucking, but expect to be put out of business because of these stupid regulations, although I have never had an accident or incident….It used to be fun…How I can relate to everything he said……

  • http://www.facebook.com/ayrewolfIdaho Patrick Montgomery

    Wish they’d let me write an article on how it was towing in the olden days. Our side of the industry has changed as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ayrewolfIdaho Patrick Montgomery

    Oh and by the highway I was one of the proud and few members of the original Independent Truckers Association, of which the President Mike Parkhurst started Overdrive Magazine, my those were the days.

  • mousekiller

    I remember those days. I -80 stopped at Elko NV. Fuzzbuster radar detectors were the In tool. I too am frustrated by the way truckers are treated but lets face it. We have failed to do our part in teaching the newbies over the years and allowed this to happen. We have failed to teach by example.
    We failed to call on the carriers when they reduced their hiring standards..

    In actuality we had respect for each other back then and the public fell in because of it. It was the fact that we helped just about anyone in trouble and gained the title of Knights of the Road.. Now just memories of a time gone by..

  • mousekiller

    They don’t have to let you. Just do it and send it to them. they may publish it or part of it or none but just do it. Got pics from the old days send them too.You never know.

  • mousekiller

    Mike Parkhurst and the1980 shutdown.. .We darn near won out but for one star timer from Pittsburg thought he was some kind of leader and accepted promises from Congress instead of action. that pretty much ended the unity of drivers.

  • mousekiller

    You are so right. I really miss my 68 Pete with a NTC 335 Cummins , RTO 95-13 transmission and 4-10 rears and of course the bias ply tires with tubes. Aww !!! The good ol days.

    If more of us would remembered those days maybe we could do a better job of teaching. newbies.

  • MillionOfMiles

    Very cool summary Greg. Best in retirement!

  • Craig

    Those were without a doubt the great days of trucking. I was 15 when my friend Gene took me with him in his 1976 Kenworth K100 flat top double bunk to Elkhart, IN. I was hooked!! By the time I was 16, he let me behind the wheel of it. I went with him on the road every opportunity that I had. Truckers were more friendly with each other and the CB radio was how you made the long hours on the road go by. Truck stops were Mom and Pop run and served real food. Radar detectors were allowed in trucks. Movin’ On was on TV, Smokey And The Bandit And Convoy played in the theaters. People loved Truckers in the 70′s and 80′s and had respect for them on the road. The government didn’t have their noses stuck in every aspect of trucking, and a trucker could make a descent living. And Mike Parkhurst owned Overdrive magazine and it was at it’s peak back then. He was for the independent trucker and some months the magazine was over 200 pages. Those days are what they call “The Good Old Days” Trucking is no longer the same, nor will it ever be again. But I am glad I grew up in trucking when it was!

  • roge160

    But after they come out of the driving school they know it all at 21 can’t tell them anything.

  • Wendy Parker

    Patrick, feel free to write something up for us. I’ll be glad to take a look at it and pass it on to the editors. I find these stories so fascinating and love to read them. You can email us at: thegeorgeandwendyshow@gmail.com

  • Ed

    I am proud to be a trucker. Been in the game since 1996. I stand up for truckers rights and help other drivers every chance I get. We can’t bring back the old days, but we can learn from them and continue to adapt. Today there is this Internet thing and millions of drivers using to connect with each other. I see a bright future for truckers and not through my rose colored glasses. All we can do is work together and try to make the industry better for the next guy. It is true that the type of person that is being trained for this job is no longer the type that should be trained. That is a major problem in trucking. We need stricter screening of the people who are allowed to drive. We havent stepped up to the plate so now we have the CSA. There are thousands of irritated voices on the net and one day it will serve to bring us together to take back control of our industry. Even if it takes another 20 years. Great article! I never can get enough of the stories from the good ole days!

  • M.j. Zuzich

    I don’t know if the public had any more respect for us -as drivers, back then. I do know that we had more respect for each other back then though. I also know that with getting my first Teamster Card in may of 1969, I was making way more money back then for the amount of time I was out. Not to mention the fact that that ’69 freightliner with its’ 1693/375 cat was a good bit more pleasurable to drive in traffic back then -as compared with the T-2000 I had was with its’ 15L/475 cat when I just decided to quit back in February. I can honestly tell you that your story was good to read. But just two things. First, those “interface points.” As I remember, we called them ‘gateways’ back then when we ‘trip leased.’ And 2, I always had a good ride -but I don’t need to ride no more. Best of luck in retirement to you two.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jess-McClure/1667752176 Jess McClure

    hate to ruin the memory lane for those here but things are not that bad out there and the new truckers are doing their best to carve out a life for themselves. we got old and time went by and we felt we had the best times , but that was for us and we accepted it for what it was, work . i am glad for the old days but their are new truckers out there trying their best to make it – so stop whining and be happy that trucking is still going on out there and feel good about it , remember you where young once and that generation before you didnt think you would make it either -

  • Eddie Smith

    What’s sad these days is alot of truckers can’t even climb into a cabover. My first ride was a GMC Astro with a 238 Double breasted Yamaha and a nine speed.

  • Insulaner50

    I’ve driven over the road for the past 20 yrs,Americans used to respect truckers because truckers had respect for themselves and their job.What,s crawling in and out of trucks these days is pathetic,dirty and smelly.If I were a receiver I would bar most drivers from entering my facility.Dirty clothes,flip-flops and shorts don’t inspire confidence or respect.Truckers used to be PROFESSIONALS,whatever happened???Deregulation is a sorry excuse and has little to do with personal respect!! THAT should be earned!!

  • Whtlinefvr

    Great story! Brings back some fond memories. We dressed better, we were social at the truckstops and everyone was on the radio giving out the much needed road chatter as to where the bear was and if there was a wreck ahead. We were a slick bunch back then and I loved every minute of it! Those memories you just can’t replace! Cabover lover all my life and will die one! 352′s and K-100′s long wheel bases and lumber hauler truck n trailers. Ra western states and mostly I-5 and I-15 and I-80 .

  • Brad

    I like the part where it was said I don’t know if the public respects us any less now but the respect to each other truckers have sure changed. It is an all about me world we live in. I have been driving since 1972 and I remember those days. We lumped our own loads and sweated our bag off, but sure didn’t smell as bad as some of the truckers out there now. Maybe they should try bathing more than once a week. I remember stopping by a stream or lake and get out a bar of soap and have a swim. Felt good. I did not complain because I had to stop for 30 minutes in an 8 hour drive time. No wonder some of these truckers look gross. 300 lb. plus. Get out and stretch and go for a little walk to the bathroom instead of peeing all over the ground beside your truck, (usually where some families are parked). Many truckers today have brought this on themselves. Just listen to the CB. What a disgrace. And then they have the nerve to ask for respect! We need to clean up our act if we want respect. From what I am starting to see is that many truckers are fat slobs who do not deserve respect and sure don’t deserve what the real name TRUCKER used to be. Could you imagine them trying to change a tire on the side of the road! We used to. We had no phone to call, so we all carried jacks and changed our own. Many times another trucker would stop to help you. Now most truckers won’t even move over while you are on the side of the road broke down. If you are one of the drivers that do that, please find another job and let the pro’s take over again. Oh how I could go on!

  • Dr Duke

    It is sad how many more regulations there are under “deregulation”.

  • jim stewart

    i started trucking back in 1966 driving a model H cabover Mack. then onto a GMC cracker box hauling livestock, later hit the big time with a largecar 1956 red autocar powered by a whopping 220hp cummins pulling a 38′ black diamond reefer with ice blower.. after that i graduated to a diamond T hauling seafood. we didn’t know what power steering was until the early seventies & was proud to have a am radio but couldn’t hear it unless at idle. maybe that’s why most of us still around are half death? wonder how many of today’s steering wheel holders out here would last a day, much less a week long trip from florida to new york & back in old metal on two lanes? hell today i’m just getting a second wind.. i work weekly pulling flatbed. now i’ve got me an almost brand new 1984 model truck. it’s getting hotter & those damn tarps are getting heavier but i’m not ready to cash it in just yet. yes, i too can remember diesel prices, some averaged at $.19 to $.26 per gallon in the late sixties. sadly in most cases the rates back then were better than some of what these boys are moving containerized freight for today at the ports with fuel at $4.bucks !! most if us made pretty decent money. how many here remember the older drivers around the truck stops with the uniforms, badges on the bus caps? the real teamsters? sure we had our problems as independents and many of these issues found their way discussed on a monthly basis in overdrive magazine. anyone remember Mass10? Mike Parkhurst? i would trade today for what we had back then anytime.. the majority of folk respected truckers because when joe public or another trucker ran into trouble on the highway we were the first responders 99% of the time. you could count on another tucker stopping to make sure you were OK or offer help. real help. now become disabled out here and witness what happens.. sadly today many of our fellow so-called professional drivers (using that term loosely) intentionally see how close they can come speeding by without actually hitting you. what a shame it is how we have allowed this industry to slide into a dysfunctional state of affairs. yes there is still a desire by a few to make something good out of this once proud profession but unless attitudes change among drivers today we are doomed to be remembered as the “Pigs of the Road” , not as once “Kings of the Road”!!

  • Dave Nichols

    first started trucking in1963. been at it ever since, still run 5 trucks. adapt or die.

  • Dave Nichols

    And I will say a modern truck is such a change from what we had in the days when I started. i loved the old trucks in their day but a new truck is like a car in so many ways, just very confortable, stop great, run quiet, awesome power, lots of room, ride on a cloud, great visibility, what’s not to like?
    As for the public? they maybe have less respect for us because their life went south, not becasue we are any worse or better.
    People are rushed, stressed, broke, and driving around in the same kind of vehicles, that is Cars that are so smooth and quiet and fast they get annoyed by a truck thats only running 75mph in front of them.
    and there are a lot more of all of us using the same old obsolete road system.

  • Danny Murdock

    I learned to drive a International flatbed in 1976,took twenty years after that to get on the road.Don’t know what year but since it had a wig-wag it was really primitive compared to todays trucks.Don’t remember how many gears it had but instead of a transmission splitter it used a two speed rear end,shifting was an art.The driver was bottom of the barrel as a human being but when he was behind the wheel he was a shining white knight of the road.I feel very fortunate to have learned from an old timey driver & still use the techniques,courtesy & respect from the old days.

  • Mike

    I stopped respecting truckers when I broke down during a sno storm on the Ohio turnpike back in the late 80′s and I called out for help and had a few tell me to shut up crackerhead or start walking. Having driven for 28 years I was never so glad to get out of the industry. The foul language on the cb and everywhere you went. The foreign drivers who couldn’t speak English and waiting for some dispatcher in Chicago to explain to them in Russian, Polish or other tongue that they had to wait their turn at the warehouse. Seeing drivers who did not shower or dressed like they were homeless. The drivers also thought they were driving cars instead of 40 ton trucks, tailgating, cutting off others or just plain driving stupid. U now call the companies up and file complaints about th drivers or even call the highway patrol.

  • Thomas Perkins

    Do what I do! When I see a rat throwing his wizz on the ground I rat em out! Quick too!!!
    I hate the smell the sticky wizz gets into your cab on the bottom of your shoes!
    Now as far a respect from the public it came from government too. Let’s face it they have done us in as far as respect by having massive inspection blitz as well as over regulation and don’t think that those lawyers on TV are not paying them to keep quite.
    Workman’s comp has regulations that say they must have a disclaimer for fraud but truck accident claims do not???
    Something’s wrong with this picture.

  • Thomas Perkins

    If you have a dash can leave it on record and put what you can see on the net especially some guy wizzing in the ground or throwing his trash out get the truck number etc and put it on the net and call his company they WILL fire him I can tell you that for a fact.
    My friend has to take medicine and he had to go and to make it a short story he was fired for taking a leak on the Walmart guard shack! :)

  • Demitri

    Im 32 and going back to Truck Driving. I wish things were back like they were in the 70s and 80s though i was to young to drive back then. Now the government has there hand in it. And i know its harder said than done to rise up and fight the government and push them out of the industry.

  • The Duke of Oil

    Being on the road is no walk in the park, but there is no excuse for poor hygiene, sloppy clothing, and a bad attitude. Then again, it’s not just truckers; this is all too common in all too many places these days. Go to any Wal Mart, sporting event, or wherever, and you’ll see any number of slobs with bellies sticking out between shirt and pants, scruffy hair and beards that look like a breeding ground for all kinds of critters, tasteless tattoos, dirty/inappropriate/poor fitting clothes and shoes, a “gangsta” pose, and a s@%#*y attitude. Probably a higher percentage than at your local truck stop. And yes, truckers used to be professionals. Like people in many lines of work, they were expected to be courteous, clean (as much as the job allowed), and follow a dress code. In other words, “Knights of the Road.” No more. Truckers are only a cog in the machine of the decline of society, and are no more nor less deserving of disrespect that the bozos from all walks of life that can be seen in great numbers, anywhere, anytime, who are the poster children for the decay that has been gathering steam since the 1960s.

  • Mike Lacy

    Think I may have known your husband back in the early 80s . Pulled for GR out of central VA. Good old Days.

  • Shelley Scarbrough Hughes

    Yes you are correct! He met GR in the early 80′s when he was with Yellow Freight Thermo Division for Owner Operators. That’s when he had his old 74 Pete with the 1693 CAT , shutters and crawl through sleeper! They don’t build trucks like that ole conventional anymore! It was made to last. And yes, those were I’ll say , some of the good days, many others prior to that, but the boys helped one another and were like family. The rules of regulation were far more reasonable and you didn’t see or hear of near the amount of accidents you do today. :) Email me sometime and I’ll give you Ronnies cell number. I know he would love to hear from you. Still talks to Johnny Harris occasionally. shelleyhughes222@yahoo.com

  • USMC 69-75

    Anybody remember the “Spanish knight”? He was a WY state trooper that would talk to the drivers going through at night, just to help himself stay awake. I have shared a thermos or 2 with him, late night on the burm! He would, on occasion race you to the truck stop, loser buys! He was a good o’boy for sure! I’m going back to the mid to late 70″s.

  • Jim Kennedy

    Thanks for sharing, I don’t hear stories around here and u’r not alone on recovery, either. I’m in transplant recovery and I’m enjoying the thought of getting back into the truck.

  • norman ott

    sounds like my story, I started in 76 when I turned 24, did not know what a log book was for the first 2 years. I remember pulling into “truck stops” and getting full service for 35 cents a gallon while going inside for a hot meal and coffee. Now I avoid truck stops at all costs, good way to lose a hood. When I started I didn’t know nothing, learned by watching and asking. If you didn’t show the older drivers respect they wouldn’t show you sh– and that was the only way to learn. Now I’m as old as the guy who taught me.

  • mousekiller

    Jess to a point your right. However we did not use that foul language back then. We did say thank you and your welcome. We held doors open, We knew then an now how to be polite. We took pride in our actions,helped out when ever it was needed. We did not have the creature comforts then we have now and I think we were better off back then. Not all the new drivers are young. Many are from being down sized but unable to retire or continue in their profession. It is the young drivers with the foul mouth that could care less who is around to hear them. The lack of driving skills and the unwillingness to learn courtesy on the road are flagrantly displayed for all to see. Do to the less than quality newbies we now have the CSA,HOS changes and now we are just a revenue enhancement tool…

  • Keith M. Cooper

    What respect? The dirt bags driving these days? I saw a “truck driver” the other day taking a leak between his tandems he was at the fuel island! We don’t deserve any respect with the way these losers drive today. I’m pulling the plug soon.

  • No Reform

    Si Senyor….Meheecano es Chofer…..No mas Gringo.

  • Jack carey

    that sure brings back a lot of memories. You are right, those were the good day’s. I retired 10 yeras ago at age 67 as it was getting to crazy all around. I miss the friends I made but don’t miss the goverment hassle.

  • Alicia Browder

    You have a very interesting story to share, Gregg! My dad was also trucking before and I can say that as much as you enjoyed it he also did enjoy his life with it. Thank you so much for posting this. -http://www.littlelarrys.net/

  • James

    Excellent story! I remember a lot of that,though I wasn’t into trucking then. Truckers were the good guys on the road. You could always count on a trucker to stop and help if you had car trouble or an accident. MOST truckers had integrity,and for those who weren’t so decent they did their best to teach them the error of their ways. That type of trucker’s not completely gone-I think,in spite of all the changes in trucking that leave most drivers with little time to stop and help,there are still some out there who carry on the tradition. My best friend drove gas tanker for a lot of years,he used to say,”Ya know,there’s a lotta guys herding trucks up and down the roads,but there’s DAMNED FEW Truck Drivers left.”

    My Dad and his brother used to haul produce from Idaho to Las Vegas back in the 40′s,after the War. Dad used to tell me it seemed like he couldn’t make the trip without spending a day,somewhere along the way,helping get somebody out of a fix. I notice he always smiled when he said it,so I don’t think he minded.
    BTW-As for the Media,I think “Movin On” did more to show the good side of trucking than anything else on TV.

  • mousekiller

    I hope you called his company and reported him.

    I was at a fuel island and this truck pull in. The driver got out began fueling and then went to the back of the drivers side of the cab between the cab and wheels and began to take a leak. I hollered at him that animals go anywhere they area and the bathroom is 200 feet away .Go use it. then I kept telling him how a low life he was. I don’t think I am a big man @220 Lbs 6’1″ . He must have as he hung his head.

    I took down the truck number and trailer number and I contacted his boss. The next day I was notified that situation was permanently taken care of.. A week or so later I saw a different driver in that truck.. No excuse to be an animal and squirt on a fuel island. NONE.

  • mousekiller

    Please do. It would be nice to read about that side of trucking.. Operating a tow truck is a skill in its self too. .

  • cdl4sure

    I don’t know if the public had any more respect for us -as drivers, back
    then. I do know that we had more respect for each other back then
    though. I also know that with getting my first Teamster Card in may of
    1969, I was making way more money back then for the amount of time I was
    out. http://www.cdl4sure.com/blog/memories-of-truck-day/