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Todd Dills

The ‘Annie Leibovitz of the trucking world’

| November 19, 2008

An obituary in the Philadelphia Daily News yesterday told the story of Bette Garber, the renowned trucking photographer who passed away last Thursday. In case you missed the two-hour memorial on Sirius last Friday, follow the above link for more. She would’ve been 66 years old yesterday.

Garber was the artist behind a vast catalog of trucking photography in magazines and other venues — typically of highly customized show trucks but also of the drivers and owner-operators who pilot them and other of the nation’s Class 8s, prompting one caller into Friday’s Sirius show to dub her the “>Annie Leibovitz of the trucking world,” the News reported (Leibovitz was famous for her celebrity portraits). Garber was also the woman responsible for the Highway Images website and several books of custom-truck photography, such as this one, in recent years. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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