Channel 19

Todd Dills

The world’s most famous trucking executive …

| November 13, 2007

… is suddenly Nancy Shevell, a 47-year-old vice president at New England Motor Freight, because she reportedly is dating Paul McCartney. Check out her Google News roundup.

The news was broken by the iThe Sun in Britain, with one of the all-time great tabloid headlines:br

MACCA’S
SMACKER
WITH A
MARRIED
CRACKER

(In tabloid-speak, “>Macca” is short for McCartney; in British slang, a cracker is an attractive woman. This is one way Britain is superior to the United States, where a cracker is Cooter from iThe Dukes of Hazzard. Shevell and her husband reportedly are separated.)

Unfortunately for the image of the U.S. trucking industry, the tabloids also have latched onto 20-year-old allegations against Shevell’s dad, New England Motor Freight owner Mike Shevell, and are trying to portray her as some sort of Mafia princess. For example, this iSun story has the headline MACCA’S NEW LOVE LINKED TO THE MOB. That this is a bit of a stretch is conceded by the story’s transcendent third paragraph, which will delight all connoisseurs of the tenuous

And in a strange twist, the company operates from Elizabeth, N.J., the setting for iThe Sopranos fictional telly drama about the Mob.

A strange twist, indeed!

This must make Barbara Walters a Mafia princess, too, since she and Nancy Shevell are cousins (on Shevell’s mom’s side).

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