A big hand from little buddies
Bill and Robyn Taylor of Meriden, Conn., participants in the Trucker Buddy program that matches long-haul truckers with school classes, learned friendship is a two-way street. The second grade class at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Windsor, Conn., raised $410 through popcorn and bake sales to help out the Taylors after their truck was stolen and recovered stripped and damaged.
“After we found our mouths, we thanked them profusely,” Robyn says. “We’ll never forget what that school did.”
The cash helped pay for the Taylors’ airfare to Los Angeles after the truck was repaired. Robyn says the students had sent the Taylors concerned messages. “They were very worried about how we were taking it emotionally,” she recalls. “They’re like little adults sometimes.”
Frankly, my dear, I can’t operate these gizmos
Gone With the Wind’s Rhett Butler lived in the days when no one had even dreamed of a Class 8 tractor. Rhett Butler, owner of Alabama-based Rhett Butler Trucking, dreams beyond the reality of today’s standard tractor. His Gone With the Wind truck, a Kenworth T2000, showcases the future of trucking by road-testing the latest in safety and operational technology. Among other things, the truck is outfitted with an Alpine Navigation System, Kenworth side-vision camera, Bendix night vision system and a Safetrac Drowsy Driver Monitor. Yankee-detection system not yet available.
It turns out that the ring was under a pool table at the Bayer’s Den tavern in Sharon, Pa., where Phillips had stopped before going to his farm. Waitress Geraldine Knight found the ring and gave it to Wagner, her brother-in-law, figuring he might hear from the ring’s owner on his rounds delivering oil.
He didn’t, but he kept the ring. Wagner was driving by Sharon Tube one day, and it clicked – the initials “S.T.” on the side of the plant matched those on the ring.
Phillips plans to make sure his recovered ring doesn’t meet the same fate as his wedding ring, which he lost on the job when he accidentally threw it into a furnace. “I’m going to Super Glue it on,” he says.
- Salon.com columnist Camille Paglia, criticizing America’s “gigantic, self-perpetuating school system” because it discourages students from pursuing career paths that lack prestige.