salutes

Trucking salute to appear during the Idaho Potato Bowl on ESPN today

If it so happens you're watching the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl college football matchup this afternoon between MAC and WAC conference standouts the Ohio University Bobcats and the Utah State Aggies, respectively, you'll get a treat in a 30-second commercial promoting women in the trucking industry, says the Women in Trucking Association. The association, with the support of Frito-Lay North America and Walmart, sponsored this year’s ad to honor women behind the wheel. The commercial was also ...

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Salute: Writer trumpets independent truckers

Colleen Kelly Mellor (pictured) is a 30-year veteran of the classroom with near a decade in real estate. Today she's a writer who keeps a blog dedicated to items of "encouragement in a difficult world" at Biddybytes.com. Her husband was a long-haul household-moves owner-operator with Atlas Van Lines with more than a million accident-free miles before exit from the industry, and Mellor recently drew on that past to sing the praises of long-haul independents as ...

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One dispatcher’s public salute to the American truck driver

In case you've missed news of this one, which has made the rounds of various email blasts and blogs, it's one of the best high-profile salutes to owner-operators and drivers I've come across in mainstream media of recent memory. Written by Minnesota-based fleet manager Dan Hanson and published last week in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, it seems to stem from a heartfelt appreciation for the difficulties experienced by his drivers in today's hurry-up climate, particularly as ...

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In defense of food transport

Tip of the hat to Marathon Trucker Jeff Clark for this one (and, readers, if you'll be at the Great American Trucking Show, beginning this coming Thursday, join Clark and I and Jazzy Jordan, among so many others, at Truckers News' Fit for the Road program's Too Hot to Trot 5K Friday morning).... Self-described “liberal curmudgeon” and historian Stephen Budiansky, writing in the New York Times last Friday, took on stats commonly wielded by champions ...

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Good ink on Missouri truck driving championships

Among drive-image-building efforts that are decades-long institutions are the yearly state truck-driving championships, which in 2010 will culminate in the final national competition Aug. 3-7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The efficacy of the championships in the image arena was on full display in this story, published Sunday in the Springfield, Mo., News-Leader, about that state's own championships, held on a driving course on the headquarters campus of Prime. I got the chance to visit the carrier last ...

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Las Vegas newspaper columnist delivers ‘half-hearted’ trucker salute…

It's not exactly a big 10-4, but in her "Road Warrior" column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal a week ago, Adrienne Packer detailed her state's latest addition to the growing nationwide effort to pair state troopers with truckers to target four-wheelers' unsafe maneuvers around big trucks for citation. While Packer reflects a somewhat common feeling among the motoring public when she wonders whether the program is more than just a way to boost revenue coming ...

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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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