Todd Dills

‘Going Wrong’? — what Sarah Palin’s autobiography has to do with you

Not much, really, unless you happen to be reading it and enjoying its critique of media lassitude and political bias, with the exception of a mention of VHF radios and conversations with truckers held from Palin's Alaskan back porch. The mention of truckers comes via Craig Medred, who offered this critique of Palin's "Going Rouge" autobiography. The critique takes the form of a fact-checker's list of errors. He found a mention of conversations held on ...

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Songwriter Larry Morris drives big trucks to Nashville

Campbell, Mo.-based trucker Larry Morris (pictured), who drives for small fleet Double G Trucking, is also a songwriter, and his crowning achievement in that arena is now available -- "Cotton Fields to Nashville" is the name of the tune, which you can hear here: http://www.cottonfields2nashville.com/>. I wrote about him in the December issue of Truckers News, which you probably haven't seen yet in the racks at the truckstops; it's available now in a digital edition ...

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NPR correspondent gets "worst roads" lesson from owner-operator

Yesterday on National Public Radio's banner afternoon news program, All Things Considered, correspondent Ina Jaffe detailed her ridealong with one Randy Park, who drives for Apex Logistics. They ran down a stretch I-10 in California that Overdrive readers last year named among the worst in the country, singling out the state for No. 4 in our annual survey for Worst Roads in the country.Our owner-operator readers weren't off target, as usual. The Road Information Program, ...

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Texas trucker narrowly escapes the ultimate disaster

I may have spoken too soon, Friday, when I made reference to one Brazilian truck accident as one of the most bizarre of truck crash results ever photographed. A Nov. 12 story in Wyoming's Powell Tribune newspaper included a picture equally terrifyingwe-inspiring. The piece told the story of Texas-based hauler Otis Hall, whose wrong turn led him on a harrowing journey up and over the Big Horn mountains on US-14A; his brakes failed on the ...

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Bridges and trucks colliding, around the world

This scene at this link might take the prize for most bizarre of truck accidents, at least those photographed for posterity. Thankfully, looks like the driver was rescued. It's a scene on a Brazilian bridge sent my way from photographer Igor Alecsander (he didn't take the accident pictures), whose acquaintance I made while researching part of Truckers News December feature on "Trucking Around the Globe," now available key=" page="here. (For more-close-to-home news about those ...

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Are you a ‘small-time pirate’ in the trucking landscape?

According to the left-leaning mag ema href="http://inthesetimes.com/"In These Times/a/em, the potential for hours-of-service changes by the Obama administration's FMCSA don't matter to small-business truck owner-operators because they "compete like pirates, cutting their rates while hoping to snare some business. The lower their rates go, the longer they drive and more likely they are to turn their driving logs into dream books."br /br /The full story is a href="http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/5188/driving_their_lives_away/"here/a, and among the other fouls this piece ...

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Do you have Zonkatude? New novel by trucker chronicles band’s 40-year career

Jim Funkhouser, aka J. Gale Morrison, has been a truck driver "for 22 years," he says. "I am thinking about making a career out of it!"All the same, via the website thezonks.com, he's begun to market his first novel, We Were the Zonks, about the career of a lately reunited band, first active in the 1960s. Described as the "'60s come back to life," the Zonks might be the only fictitious band to have a ...

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Trucking stars on the rise through running — and talking

In October, Truckers News Editor Randy Grider wrote about the extraordinary saga of one Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, a 16-year-old Olympic-caliber runner who began a cross-country run Sept. 1 to bring awareness to the difficulty many truck drivers experience in obtaining proper health care. This month, she was a guest on boat hauler and internet-radio host Daniel Audet's Truckstar Radio call-in show, running most nights from 8 EST (for live-listen link click here). "As the story ...

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Four-wheelers get their fair share

In all the hubbub surrounding the CSA 2010 safety initiative from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which the agency hopes will improve safety among motor carriers and drivers of large trucks when fully implemented, an only tangently related program has gone virtually unnoticed in trucking circles. And no, I don't think it's a looming threat to your business or your job."New Jersey is one of 15 states participating in federal pilot program, dubbed ...

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Poetic salute from unlikely quarters

Ann Campanella (pictured) is a journalist-turned-poet whose collection Young amp; Ripe, published by the folks at Charlotte-based Main Street Rag this year, chronicles via short verse the spirit of youth. Her "Six Days on the Road" poem was featured Oct 9 this year in the daily Writer's Almanac from National Public Radio, read by Garrison Keillor. It chronicles a trip with an "Aussie trucker" on the road, and vividly evokes the feeling of the cab ...

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