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Blue-ribbon truck art

In the kids' art exhibit at the Allegany County Fair in Cumberland, Md., this past week, we were pleased to see that Darrell Stonestreet won first place for this painting of a dumper at work. Seems too active to be a "still life," but hey, art resists category.Darrell also got a second-place ribbon for this pen-and-ink work. Clearly he's into conventionals.Channel 19 is the blog version of the column of the same name featured ...

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Mowing down those orange cones

At the Allegany County Fair in Cumberland, Md., this past week, we noticed that the cartoon backdrop of a kiddie ride named Truck Stop depicts happy truckers in the act of mowing down panicked construction workers and their equally panicked orange cones -- which have faces like pets, or familiars. If you want to see Truck Stop for yourself, it's in Reithoffer Shows' Blue Unit, and the schedule is here. And while you're there, ...

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1943 Autocar ad

In an antique store in Adamstown, Pa., we found this 1943 magazine advertisement for Autocar, then based not far away in Ardmore. The ad says wartime specialty trucks such as this U.S. Navy tanker are "heralds of increasingly finer Autocar trucks to come."Today Autocar is based in Indiana and makes only state-of-the-art refuse trucks, its slogan ">Every day is trash day." Dating from 1897, it's the oldest automotive brand in continuous production in the ...

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Sort-of-reassuring math

In her July 1 "Ask Marilyn" column in iParade magazine, Marilyn vos Savant says that while you are more likely to have a wreck if you're on the road a lot -- as professional truck drivers are -- the likelihood of a wreck on, say, your 100th run is no greater than on your 20th run, or on your first. In short: ">Your chances are not piling up."Channel 19 is the blog version of ...

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A mysterious disappearance in Spain?

iFate/i magazine, an occult monthly founded by the late Ray Palmer in 1948, is still around and is still enjoyable reading for devotees of Bigfoot, UFOs and the like, if you keep many grains of salt handy. (We recommend, in fact, several bowls full.) Here's a trucking-related tidbit from the February 2006 issue, from Scott Corrales' article "Removed from Reality: Stunning Teleportation Cases":blockquoteSalvador Freixedo, who looked into these bizarre disappearances in his book iLa ...

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Imagine her at Lindsay Lohan’s age

The Orange Beach, Ala., police say the drunk driver who led them on a 100 mph chase before flipping her car ... was 11 years old.Channel 19 is the blog version of the column of the same name featured in Overdrive: The Voice of the American Trucker. Todd Dills (tdills@rrpub.com) is its author.

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Some things never change

From iRailroad Fever: Songs, Jokes Train Lore/i (1998) by Wayne Erbsen of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C.:blockquoteOperating on the premise that "Cleanliness is next to godliness," many communities in the early days of railroading forbad trains from running through town for fear that the soot from passing locomotives would foul windows. Special teams of horses stood ready to tow trains past the city limits./blockquoteThis sounds a lot like the anti-truck ordinances in ...

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The ballad of Customer Fred

TruckDown.com, PartSeek.com and TruckPartsInventory.com (its slogan ">Expose Your Parts to the World") have debuted a promotional cartoon from the Terry Gilliam school of cutout animation, set to the tune of "Achy Breaky Heart," with parody lyrics by Scott Tetz of PartSeek.com. Here's the link. Be sure to wait around for the parents of ">Customer Fred." The point, of course, is to promote those three sites as sources for parts and service. ">Don't be a 'Fred' ...

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How intrastates can be interstates

Marilyn vos Savant, in her "Ask Marilyn" column in the July 15 iParade, answers a perennial question: How can Hawaii have interstate highways?Channel 19 is the blog version of the column of the same name featured in Overdrive: The Voice of the American Trucker. Todd Dills (tdills@rrpub.com) is its author.

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That’s determination

A woman was charged in western Maryland with driving away from the scene of an accident in West Virginia -- on only three tires. Since it was late at night, the shower of sparks must have made the car easy to spot.Channel 19 is the blog version of the column of the same name featured in Overdrive: The Voice of the American Trucker. Todd Dills (tdills@rrpub.com) is its author.

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