Correspondence leads to love

| January 01, 2007

There was no hotel close to Southern Elementary, so Morris offered him her couch for the night.

“I knew I was a gentleman, and she knew that I was,” Robles says. “It gave us a chance to talk over dinner, and we talked for hours.”

When Robles hit the road again, the trucker and the teacher stayed friends over the phone and in letters. The pair fell in love and several months later got married in Morris’ living room on Dec. 29, 2004. The couple now lives in Lennoxburg, Ky., where Robles is a substitute teacher at Southern Elementary and a local high school and Morris, now Robles, still teaches the fifth grade.

Although they didn’t have plans to meet anyone the day they signed up for the Trucker Buddy program, the couple praises the non-profit organization for bringing them together.

“I can’t say enough about Trucker Buddy,” Bill Robles says. “It is such a positive way to channel energy built up on the road and get involved.”

When asked whether he thinks Trucker Buddy is a good way to find love, Robles laughs.

“Every once in a while people will meet,” he says. “And through the oddest of circumstances, shoot – there it is.”

For more information on Trucker Buddy, check out the website at
–Rachel Telehany

Dog Tales
A friendly pup guides children on a trucking adventure in retired driver’s book

Zerida Pepp loves Schnauzers – four specific Schnauzers, in fact, who donated their lovable personalities to create McTavish, the star of her children’s book series, The McTavish Trips.

Pepp, 56, who drove a truck for 25 years until 2004, has been writing and developing children’s books in her spare time since 1985. Pepp has written 15 books about McTavish, the curious Schnauzer who teaches children about tractor-trailers, the trucking industry and life on the road.

Her four dogs, Pepper, Angel, Moses and Missy, were the inspiration for the series that took 20 years to write, illustrate and publish. Pepp self-published Tractors – Cabs and Sleepers, the second book in the series, through AuthorHouse, and now the full-color book is available for $19.60 at this site.

“I love truck drivers and the industry,” Pepp says, “and I want to do whatever I can to promote it and give it a better image.”

In this book, McTavish explains different types of trucks, and describes truckstops, gauges in front of the steering wheel and truck drivers relaxing in the cab after they get off work.

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