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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


(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). 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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