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Sticker disappointment

Gasoline Alley Antiques in Seattle just e-mailed usThanks for visiting our website. Unfortunately, we just sold the last set of the CONVOY stickers we had in stock, in our store the other day. We will try to notify you, if another comes in, in the near future.Oh, well. At least the subject line didn't say, ">Negatory, good buddy!" We'll keep looking.Channel 19 is the blog version of the column of the ...

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Local man makes good

Steel hauler Ronnie Baker of Franklin, Ohio, iOverdrive Trucker of the Month for February 2008, got this nice writeup in the iMiddletown Journal. You can read our full profile of Baker here in the iOverdrive digital edition.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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Remember these stickers?

In a drawer full of forgotten childhood items, we recently found six of Donruss’ CB Convoy Code stickers, published in 1978. (All images copyright Donruss.)Sticker #4: Bear in the AirSticker #15: Six WheelerSticker #30: Night HawkSticker #31: Feeding the BearsSticker #38: Asphalt PilotSticker #40: BearAccording to trading-card and gaming expert Allen Varney, the CB Convoy Code set included 44 stickers backed by a 23-part CB dictionary. This makes the numbering a bit confusing; Feeding ...

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Bite Me, that’s where I live

John Latta took this photo in summer 2007 at the Petro in Joplin, Mo., but we've met ilots of people who live on this corner. It must be the site of a high-rise apartment complex with room for thousands.Fans of iDirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel will remember Struemph Charcoal from host Mike Rowe's visit during the show's first season.Channel 19 is the blog version of the column of the same name featured in ...

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Light the Highway

Todd Dills pointed us to this National Public Radio report on the Light the Highway movement, which began with Christian prayer requests specifically for the I-35 corridor but now has gone nationwide.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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No, that’s not a dummy

When John Latta forwarded us photos purporting to depict the aftermath of a motorcycle-truck collision -- the motorcyclist dangling from the back of the truck with his head driven through the steel -- our first thought was, "That ihas to be a dummy,"> some sort of movie special-effects shot. Alas, no, as this article explains at the invaluable Snopes.com. (Warning: Don't click on the article link if you're disturbed by the prospect of ...

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Speed of the sound of loneliness

According to researchers in the journal iPsychological Science, lonely people are more likely to believe in the supernatural, including God; and to attribute human qualities to pets, toys and vehicles.Since truck driving is one of the world's loneliest occupations, this has us thinking about all the truckers we know who are fervently religious, or who carry on ">conversations" with their pets, or who introduce stuffed animals as their "co-drivers," or who have given their rigs ...

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Calling Berkeley’s bluff

The article "Berkeley vs. the Marines" at the invaluable Snopes.com is about the 8-to-1 vote by the City Council in Berkeley, Calif., Jan. 29 to tell the U.S. Marines that its downtown recruiting station was ">uninvited and unwelcome" and to call upon Berkeley citizens to hinder the Marine recruiting effort. The council also guaranteed antiwar group Code Pink a parking space in front of the office.Among the many predictable responses -- predictable to anyone not ...

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Tipping The Scales: Time To Trade In And Trade Up With Cummins ISX15 SmartAdvantage.

The Silver Bridge, 40 years later

Dec. 15 was the 40th anniversary of the rush-hour collapse of the Silver Bridge into the Ohio River between Point Pleasant, W.Va., and Kanauga, Ohio, killing 46 people. Reading accounts of the disaster, such as those linked from this Wikipedia entry, is depressingly like reading accounts of the 2007 I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Through Feb. 29, the River Museum in Point Pleasant is displaying an anniversary exhibit that includes ">a model of the bridge ...

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Virtual trucking

By "virtual trucking" we don't mean computer games or training simulations, and we don't mean ivirtuous trucking either, as in the iOverdrive Knights of the Road feature. In this CNN interview, business consultant Amy Zuckerman uses ">virtual" to mean "online and networked" and says truck drivers are examples of employees "operating virtually" in America's "hidden tech" economyThe truck world is operating virtually all the time and no one ever thinks of that. Fleets ...

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