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‘Grandpa and the Truck’ — book 2 out now

Colleen Kelly Mellor's children's book series highlights true tales from her husbands 30-year career, much of it spent as a household-goods-hauling owner-operator.

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Owner-operator Rick Ash’s health reading list

The Trucking Solutions Group of owner-operators, of which Ash is a member, is hosting an open call tomorrow, Oct. 31, at 3 p.m. Find call-in details, along with recommended health reading, in this story.

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New book series for the kids: ‘Grandpa and the Truck’

Former independent household goods hauler's wife Colleen Kelly Mellor's new series of "Grandpa and the Truck" children's books blends trucking respect with educational needs.

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Driver for Landstar-leased fleet in Oprah magazine

Cleveland-based Shannon "Sputter" Smith (pictured, courtesy of Women in Trucking), a driver for a Landstar-leased small fleet, got into on-highway hauling as the youngest child of a father who worked on trucks for a living. As told by Jeanne Marie Laskas in Oprah magazine, her story is an inspiring one for any woman thinking of entering the business of trucking. Telling her mechanic father that she was going to become a truck driver someday -- in ...

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Driver health audiobook free download

The docs/publishers behind the Man in White organization are trumpeting a 30-day free trial of Audible.com's download service that enables drivers to download the Truckers' Road to Health audiobook free of charge (normally, it's $23.85). I wrote about owner-operator Joe Martin's contribution of a chapter on in-cab exercise last September, and otherwise the book features chapters put together by medical specialists on topics that range from lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, nutrition and obesity to sleep apnea. Another partner with ...

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Former operator’s novel immortalizes trail-blazing independents

Fred Afflerbach didn’t set out to launch a trucking career when he took a job working for a Bekins Van Lines-affiliated moving company in Austin, Texas, in high school in the 1970s. He caught the fever all the same. “The owner-operators would come rolling in and the drivers are telling stories and your eyes are popping out of your head,” he says of the days his affliction began. “You work for them loading, and their ...

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New book explores first cross-continent truck trip

Many of you will be familiar with the 1919 military truck convoy that traversed the United States in an effort to test the efficacy of cargo trucks on the roads, or lack thereof, of the day. A Young Dwight Eisenhower was part of the convoy, and his experience of it is oft-cited as having a great deal to do with his support of the Interstate Highway Program as President later. A new book, however, tells the ...

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Long-haul literary: Former owner-operator’s memoir of the life

Marc Mayfield (pictured) didn’t set out to write a book when, after a lot of college – “some of it was wasted time,” he says -- and several less-than-successful, half-hearted career choices, he jumped into a job choice he’d long ago entertained as a possibility. “I really enjoyed driving big trucks,” he says, which is evident in the long-haul portrait – warts and all – that is his new literary memoir In the Driver’s Seat: Interstate ...

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New trucking thriller from former tank-hauler manager

Set in Charleston, W.Va.'s "Chemical Valley" just after deregulation of the trucking industry, former Quality Carriers and Mason & Dixon lines (among others) rep Rowland Henry Judge's Acid Stained Steel is a murder-mystery thriller of a novel, says Judge. But that's not all, he adds. It combines those page-turning attributes with an examination of "the effect of deregulation on old-line tank trucking companies and their drivers. No one has ever really written about this in the chemical/liquid bulk ...

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Living with diabetes — behind the wheel of new book ‘A Life of Control’

November is national diabetes month, and as such today we bring you a story included in a new book about the difficulty of living with the disease, Published by Vanderbilt University Press. The excerpt -- from A Life of Control: Stories of Living With Diabetes, by Alan L. Graber MD, Anne W. Brown RN and Kathleen Wolff RN -- tells the story of a now-retired truck driver who, in order to keep his job (with ...

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