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New play brings ‘respect’ for drivers to the stage

"It's been more than 30 years since Hollywood had White Line Fever," wrote Denver Post Theater Critic John Moore in this article, "'Diesels' Fuels Respect for Truck Drivers,' about the Denver Center Theatre Company's production of their in-house-written new play, "Mama Hated Diesels," that premiered March 25 and is running through early May at the Stage Theater in Denver. And, Moore adds, it's taken an equivalent amount of time to beat the "tired old rap" of the pop-culture image of the driver ...

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Staring down coming CARB regs

A great story in the California-based Porterville Record highlighted the difficulties being faced by a particluar 5-truck fleet in Ducor, Calif., Andromeda Transport, owned by Dave Schwartz. Schwartz (pictured, right, with his mechanic), as he told reporter Sarah de Crescenzo, considers himself a "modern-day environmentalist" in his commitment to keeping his older trucks in tip-top operating condition, thus enhancing their longevity, of course, and keeping them out of landfills and hard at work doing what they ...

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Truck driver/author Tim Costello remembered in NY Times

I missed the news of the passing Tim Costello (pictured) in late December last year. Coming across it via the website of the New York Times, which had ran a nice roundup in the paper of his life and work, I'm struck as always by what so many individual haulers are able to accomplish in addition to keeping American supplied in their long paths across the nation's roadways. Costello, 64 when he succumbed to pancreatic cancer last year, spent ...

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Baltimore columnist: ‘Can’t avoid jackknifing? Don’t be a truck driver’

Michael Dresser, writing in the Baltimore Sun after the deluge of snow that blanketed the East Coast over the Super Bowl weekend, singled out several jackknifed rigs and their drivers in the Baltimore area as "Public Enemy No. 1." One such jackknifing incident, he writes, turned I-95 into a parking lot for the entirety of that Saturday afternoon. In a more recent follow-up column, Dresser reveals that the response from truckers around the nation was voluminous, ...

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Olympic downhill skiing, brought to you by dump trailer

Ice road trucking it isn't, but I couldn't help but notice in opening television coverage of the Winter Olympics, ongoing around Vancouver, B.C., an exceptional shot of a tractor pulling a dump trailer loaded with nothing but pure white snow. That's right, while the U.S. has had no short supply of the white stuff this year, getting the slopes around Vancouver in working order required a wealth of diesel muscle. This story, in Vancouver's The Province newspaper, detailed ...

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Fillmore, Ill., trucker carves wooden truck models with lifelike detail

Profiled in the Dectaur, Ill.-based Herald-Review, Jeff Miller is a truck driver who wields a wood-carving knife with considerable skill, building wooden models of classic truck-tractors.

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Satirical news mag picks up on texting ban ironies

Humor mag The Onion is known for picking apart the news of the day, and the news business, in often satirically cutting fashion -- in a story published years ago in its pages it ran a picture of an orange-jumpsuited prisoner wearing a crown of thorns with the headline "Christ kills two in abortion-clinic bombing." It picked up on the ironies inherent in last week's ban on the practice of texting while driving in this faux man-on-the-street series ...

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Ban eating while driving too?

Though the writer played it as an example of distracted driving, could it be an argument for more flexibility in the hours of service? Whatever the case, given today's news that a nationwide texting-while-driving ban is in the offing, I guess it couldn't be helped that Joseph Rose of the Oregonian newspaper wrote on the Hard Drive blog of 45-year-old Los Angeles-based trucker Andrew Quintero's accident on I-5. Quintero's truck and trailer crossed the median and came to rest ...

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UPS hauler weighs in on foggy driving

In Gary Richards' Monday "Roadshow" column in the Silicon Valley Mercury News paper, Richards called on Aptos, Calif.-based UPS trucker Dan Casas to help answer the question of a writer about the safety of closely following a big rig in fog to get through a dangerous drive. Casas was gracious and knowledgable in his reply.

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Canadian cube van driver’s three Santas

A heartwarming trucking Christmas story, via Canadian news site Canoe.ca.

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