Overdrive Extra

Max Heine

Another tip on the body of Overdrive’s old nemesis

| September 27, 2012

Overdrive’s September 1975 issue speculated that the Mob had killed Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa. Reporter Jim Drinkhall covered the Teamsters activities closely because, as a strongly organized union, the group threatened independent truckers.

Overdrive founder Mike Parkhurst routinely railed against Jimmy Hoffa during the magazine’s early days of the late ‘60s and ’70. As head of the Teamsters, Hoffa was at odds with the independent spirit of owner-operators.

Even outside of trucking circles, Hoffa has become legendary since he disappeared in 1975.  There have been thousands of tips on where to find his body, and now another. The Detroit Free Press says police will be getting a core sample of soil under a driveway today or Friday, based not only on a tip, but a radar scan that indicated something unusual.

During Overdrive’s 50th anniversary, we reviewed the Hoffa/Teamsters conflicts with owner-operators inBreaking Free,” by Senior Editor Todd Dills.

  • 70’s Trucker

    Jim Drinkhall was a Wall Street Journal investigative reporter who covered the Teamsters for Overdrive because of the Mob (Mafia)/criminal connections, NOT because of any perceived threat to independent truckers. Parkhurst used these reports because he was anti-union…..no matter clean union or dirty union.

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