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Todd Dills

Owner-operator keeping alive legacy of a frozen sperm whale — and so much more

| July 01, 2010

Did you know there once was a trucker who started his career as a showman by hauling the frozen, preserved body of a sperm whale in a reefer around the country? If owner-operator Ken Harris is doing what he ...

Meet the North Carolina ‘Swamp Loggers’

| June 30, 2010

Working his operation from Jacksonville, N.C., Bobby Goodson, owner of Goodson's All-Terrain Logging, is one of several pioneers of the method of "shovel logging" he's become somewhat famous for today, thanks to the Discovery Channel's "Swamp Loggers" series. The ...

Jason’s Law support continues to grow

| June 29, 2010

Monday, June 28, was the day supporters of the Jason's Law trucking parking safety and security legislation were calling for a united front from the community of drivers and others in the industry toward its passage; I was on the road ...

Good to the last drop with trucker-invented Bottle Buddy

| June 25, 2010

A story in the Akron Beacon-Journal from last week detailed the inventing prowess of dump-truck driver for Barbicas Construction and former long-hauler Charlene Cook, of Akron, Ohio. She unveiled her gizmo, the Last Drop Bottle ...

‘Sexiest trucker alive’ goes to the Himalayas; more from Alaska

| June 23, 2010

According to an interview published at the website of Esquire magazine, Ice Road Truckers star and Alaskan Dalton Highway hauler Lisa Kelly (pictured; photo by Rick Gershon of the History Channel) is not only the ...

My first run behind the wheel

| June 22, 2010

Next time you ask if I've driven before, I can at least say "yes" before the qualifiers (well, "at 40 mph, if that," "with an automatic transmission," "no trailer on") begin. A visit to Schneider National ...

Champion sumo wrestler/Idaho potato hauler

| June 21, 2010

If rumored body-mass-index caps ever become a reality for interstate truckers (however doubtful that is), 420-lb. Kelly Gneiting (pictured, as featured in a Feb. 2009 edition of ESPN magazine) may well be there to prove the regulatory faults. ...

‘Big Cat Trucker’ offers new-driver advice at Great West

| June 18, 2010

Rick Sylvester (pictured) started making videos at his hometown church in Houston about five years ago. From there, he says, his online productions “just took off.”  Shortly after he started his trucking career, Sylvester launched a ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His 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 tdills@randallreilly.com.

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