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Todd Dills

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| January 14, 2009

The same year that a renegade truck owner-operator hauled a load of Coors beer to Georgia for the benefit of moviegoers in iSmokey amp; the Bandit, the AFL-CIO, joined by the Teamsters union, launched its 1977 boycott of Coors beer, citing antiunion practices. Joining that boycott at the behest of then San Francisco Teamsters local president Allan Baird was none other than Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the U.S. Milk and co.’s successful banishment of Coors from most gay bars in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood is depicted in a recent film as an early political success. The film, which bears the politician’s last name, was released late last year by Focus Features. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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