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Do you have Zonkatude? New novel by trucker chronicles band’s 40-year career

Jim Funkhouser, aka J. Gale Morrison, has been a truck driver "for 22 years," he says. "I am thinking about making a career out of it!"All the same, via the website thezonks.com, he's begun to market his first novel, We Were the Zonks, about the career of a lately reunited band, first active in the 1960s. Described as the "'60s come back to life," the Zonks might be the only fictitious band to have a ...

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Trucking stars on the rise through running — and talking

In October, Truckers News Editor Randy Grider wrote about the extraordinary saga of one Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, a 16-year-old Olympic-caliber runner who began a cross-country run Sept. 1 to bring awareness to the difficulty many truck drivers experience in obtaining proper health care. This month, she was a guest on boat hauler and internet-radio host Daniel Audet's Truckstar Radio call-in show, running most nights from 8 EST (for live-listen link click here). "As the story ...

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TN health hero featured in Runner's World

 Truckers News 2008 Health Hero of the Year Jeff Clark is receiving international recognition with a profile on him in the December issue of Runner's World magazine. Clark, an avid runner and marathoner, was first featured in our March 2008 issue as part of the Fit for the Road series. He was named the 2008 Health Hero of the Year for his dedication to helping other truckers get fit as well as his personal achievements. The Runner's World ...

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Four-wheelers get their fair share

In all the hubbub surrounding the CSA 2010 safety initiative from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which the agency hopes will improve safety among motor carriers and drivers of large trucks when fully implemented, an only tangently related program has gone virtually unnoticed in trucking circles. And no, I don't think it's a looming threat to your business or your job."New Jersey is one of 15 states participating in federal pilot program, dubbed ...

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Poetic salute from unlikely quarters

Ann Campanella (pictured) is a journalist-turned-poet whose collection Young amp; Ripe, published by the folks at Charlotte-based Main Street Rag this year, chronicles via short verse the spirit of youth. Her "Six Days on the Road" poem was featured Oct 9 this year in the daily Writer's Almanac from National Public Radio, read by Garrison Keillor. It chronicles a trip with an "Aussie trucker" on the road, and vividly evokes the feeling of the cab ...

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Owner-operator takes delivery of first Lonestar Harley special edition

Twenty-year trucking veteran and current owner-operator Chris Hawker, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast, took delivery in late October of the first Harley special edition of the International Lonestar Class 8 tractor (pictured). In a ceremony in Milwaukee, Wis., Hawker was presented the keys to the first production unit and launched on the "maiden voyage" in Navistar's new "Drive for Jobs" program; for each mile that Chris Hawker drives in his new LoneStar Harley-Davidson Special Edition, Navistar ...

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From outside in: Top 10 things learned in a rig on the highway

Joan Duggan Connell (pictured) penned this lead letter in the Speakout department of this month's edition of Overdrive. While we had to run it in short form due to space limitations of the section, for my money its original form is worth some additional attention, likewise the unique character of its author. Connell's more an office type than a trucker, with 20-plus years under her belt as a paralegal and with various nonprofits. But last ...

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Latest stowaways in UK

The London-based Sun newspaper reported last week on seven men and likewise seven teenagers reportedly from Iraq and Afghanistan discovered in a tanker full of corn starch bound for a town in the Wiltshire region. The story -- headlined "Trucker's a-maize-ing find" -- is played for its shock value, hinging on the stunning photograph of one of the illegal immigrants, covered head to toe in starch and bound in handcuffs, but for my money its ...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Trucking; the key to Afghanistan stabilization

At least economically, anyway -- such is the viewpoint of Washington Post defense correspondent, ForeignPolicy.com blogger and Fiasco author Tom Ricks, expressed in a relatively recent missive on the subject here, titled "Keep on Trucking, Afghanistan.""The key to economic reconstruction in Afghanistan," Ricks writes, "would be restoring its traditional role of carrying goods from South Asia (full of nice cheap consumer goods) to Central Asia (now featuring oil and gas revenues). To do this, the ...

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I-80 tolls in PA: Third time’s a charm?

News surfaced last week that Pennsylvania had once again applied for federal approval to add tolls to I-80 within the state's borders under a pilot program for tolling existing interstates (as a means of road funding when all other options for road rehabilitation were exhausted). The Pennsylvania Fifth District congressional seat, formerly occupied by John Peterson (pictured, flanked by OOIDA members at a 2007 rally in Harrisburg, Pa., on the state capitol steps after the ...

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