Todd Dills

Owner-operators remembering Chance Rogers at GATS

A fixture at truck shows for years with his owner-operator grandfather Jim Rogers, leased to Fikes, young Chance Rogers passed away July 11 after a long battle with bone cancer. Several owner-operators and drivers have banded together in the Truckers United for Charities group to honor Chance by raising money for a memorial fund in his name for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation in Porland, Ore. “That was the hospital that took care of Chance,” ...

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Knead out back pain

Ease lower back pain with massage therapy. This may help patients take less medication and spend fewer days immobile.

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Long-haul literary: Former owner-operator’s memoir of the life

Marc Mayfield (pictured) didn’t set out to write a book when, after a lot of college – “some of it was wasted time,” he says -- and several less-than-successful, half-hearted career choices, he jumped into a job choice he’d long ago entertained as a possibility. “I really enjoyed driving big trucks,” he says, which is evident in the long-haul portrait – warts and all – that is his new literary memoir In the Driver’s Seat: Interstate ...

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Phone app for getting around GATS in Dallas next week

If you're saying "Man I sure could have used that last year," I can assure you you're not alone. The new Great American Trucking Show app for various smartphone platforms, put together by the show's owners (Randall-Reilly Business Media & Information, publishers of Overdrive) with Core Apps and sponsored the Cummins Engine Corp., puts an interactive, searchable map of the show floor at the Dallas convention center at your fingertips, as well as offering one-touch access to showgoer information ...

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The future Lady McCartney’s trucking roots

Did you know the daughter of New England Motor Freight Chairman and CEO Myron Shevell also happens to hold the distinction of being engaged to none other than famous Beatle Sir Paul McCartney? It's true, at least if we are to believe the New York Observer, who published a story about Shevell (pictured) and her engagement to McCartney last week. Check out the Observer story to hear how Shevell came to be where she is today, ...

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Service deal at Midwest Pete dealer promotes safety with savings

If you missed the news yesterday, the network of Peterbilt dealers in Sioux City Truck Sales has jumped in with support of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's “Buckle Up in Your Truck” safety campaign. Big deal, right? Well, yes. The dealer is putting its money where its mouth is on this one. In the coming months, owner-operators utilizing one of their four locations in Sioux City, Council Bluffs and Des Moines, Iowa, and Norfolk, Neb., ...

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The Keys Truckers’ ‘Letter to Capitol Hill’

File this one under "modest proposal." Seems Keys Truckers Jan and James (pictured) McCarter are always involved when a nice slab of satire graces the blog here, not to mention good music. In any case, last week was a banner in both quarters. Amid the week's run of comments surrounding our top-10 trucking songs poll results, I found a vid I'd missed in "Bobby Boofay's Trucking Songs." Among the hits sampled on James McCarter's hilarious alterego's ...

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The most important moment in owner-operator history?

Gearing up for next month here, folks, Overdrive's 50th-anniversary special issue, in which we'll look at owner-operator history, a significant portion of which is contained in the various legislative and regulatory developments that have underpinned the very ability of self-employed people to run the roads in big trucks. Today weekend we're asking you to name the most important among various developments that have had impacts for better and worse for owner-operators. Vote in the poll below, ...

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Koch & Sons driver’s adventure at Minn. driving championships

Driver John Borman and I haven't met in person, but via the monthly photo contests I help host for Truckers News and, before that, our monthly featured photo from the magazine's Flickr.com photo-sharing group, I've become well-acquainted with Borman as not only a great photographer but a consummate professional. When he asked if I'd be interested in including his narrative of his recent participation in the Minnesota state driving championships, I didn't hesitate. Find it ...

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One dispatcher’s public salute to the American truck driver

In case you've missed news of this one, which has made the rounds of various email blasts and blogs, it's one of the best high-profile salutes to owner-operators and drivers I've come across in mainstream media of recent memory. Written by Minnesota-based fleet manager Dan Hanson and published last week in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, it seems to stem from a heartfelt appreciation for the difficulties experienced by his drivers in today's hurry-up climate, particularly as ...

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