Memory Lanes

Lucinda Coulter | September 01, 2011

“I returned full-time to nursing eventually. The pay and schedule were better. But I had no accidents, and despite long hours and paperwork, I enjoyed my whole experience.”



CARRIE SHUBERT: ‘The lion was great until …’

At 21, Carrie Shubert posed for Overdrive’s cover and inside as the March 1975 Date Master – including a shot with a lion. Photographer Theo Ehret snapped the photos in the San Fernando Valley at the home of a professional wrestler who owned the large cat. “The lion was great until he started to roar, and it scared the crap out of me,” the petite blonde says. “Believe me, I thought I was going to be attacked.”

Carrie Shubert provided her wardrobe for her photo shoot as Overdrive’s March 1975 Date Master.

Since her modeling days, she’s reared three children and recovered from losing her house in the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake. A nationally known psychic, she once hosted a radio show on voiceamerica.com, serves as a guest on radio shows and has taught a college class. For the last 16 years, she’s developed a niche listening to and soothing people’s angst, she told Overdrive this year.

“I feel like I have a gift that shows people everything’s going to be OK,” she says. 



LES WILDERMAN: Early diesels ‘a big step up’

“When I started trucking in Arizona in the 1950s, we had few luxuries. We had no spring brakes and no tractor protection valves. The shut-off valves were behind the cab then. Some of us re-piped the lines and put the valves inside the cab because if you lost your trailer air, you had a runaway on your hands.

The Kenworth Claude Atkins drove in the 1975 TV series Movin’ On was similar to the 1974 W900 model Les Wilderman bought for his first truck, still in use.

“A lot of F800 Ford tractors had vacuum for trailer brakes because many of the trailers had no air systems. If you had to stop on a steep hill, you had to pull the control down and run out and put a block behind the wheel before the vacuum leaked off.

“The early diesels were a big step up. They had 175 horsepower, increased to 180 hp and then to 220 hp. People with a lot of money could afford more than 300 horsepower. Some early engines ran away if you ran out of fuel or got air in the system. You learned how to stop them with the gears if that happened.

“Before the Interstates were built, roads were never shut down. You went around wrecks or pushed them off with a Cat or something and kept going.

“For about 30 years, I’ve had a local heavy-haul operation that I started with an LT Mack and an old Freightliner cabover. Since then, I bought a 1974 Kenworth W900, which I still use in my business. It’s not much money, but it’s a good living.”



RICHARD AND JACK DANIELS: A seasoned legacy

Kandel Transport Co. President Jack Daniels is heir in name only to the renowned whiskey maker. Formally named John, he’s continued a trucking legacy his father, Richard Daniels, started in 1946. Richard, then 16, made his first long-haul run from his hometown, Hicksville, Ohio, to Parsons, Kan., for a load of Army surplus ammunition.

  • Nervous Wreck

    I drove for them for over 10 years. Knew everyone back then. We even kidnapped Shendals dog for a joke once. Grady was in charge of keeping everything clean. Played many a pool game in the drivers lounge. Was there when they had a wreck in Walton, NY when the brakes on a truck gave out. Remember the Hamburger brothers, Marty, Red, Gary Smith, etc?

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