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Talking ‘essentials’ with John Ratzenberger

Ratzenberger knows a thing or two about skilled labor. His father was a truck driver (Ratzenberger paid homage to his dad with his role as Mack, the Mack truck character in the “Cars” movies), and he framed houses before becoming an actor.

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A guide for absentee voting

Online registration and voter-friendly laws make it easier than ever to cast your ballot when you can’t be home on Election Day.

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Remembering Lawn Chair Larry

You have to love the heart and spirit of true free-thinkers. Instead of “I can’t,” they are the ones who always consider the “why not?” That was the mindset of Larry Walters, a North Hollywood, Calif., trucker who, in 1982 at age 33, captured the attention of all Americans who dare to dream big. But being a true pioneer has its price: He also captured the attention of law enforcement and the Federal Aviation Administration. I came ...

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Check out these videos and more

Got a little extra time on your hands at the truck stop and looking for something to watch? Overdrive has a cache of free trucking-related videos covering a wide-range of interests. If you are interested in valuable business information to help you become a more successful owner-operator, consider the latest Partners in Business seminar. Maybe you are thinking about customizing your truck or just enjoy seeing what others have done. Check out: Perhaps you want a little entertainment. ...

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Iowa 80 eatery featured in television series

I always enjoy watching a program on television that fires up the “hey, I’ve been there” electrons in my brain. There’s just something exciting about seeing familiarity on the flat-screen. It’s even better when you have a personal relationship with the subject being featured. Another opportunity for my excitable standard “been there” announcement to my somewhat less excitable wife and kids is just around the corner. Iowa 80 Kitchen will be among truck stops eateries featured in ...

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The write stuff

Successful songwriter Gary Gentry finds second career behind the wheel.

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Road friends through thick and thin

Too many friends to count, but know all can be counted on when needed.

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Hollywood gears up for throwback trucking flick

18 Wheel Butterfly is supposedly a throwback road film that is part Thelma and Louise, part Smokey and the Bandit.

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uShip to expand into commercial freight market

The uShip Pro platform is designed to provide carriers with full details about each load and the tools to negotiate bids for loads online.

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Utility introduces high-strength steel options

Utility Trailer announced on Aug. 23 that two new high-strength steel options will be available for the 4000D-X Composite dry van. The company also announced the expansion of two of its plants and the appointment of their new director of marketing.

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