Everyone into the trailer

A trucker’s dry van becomes an impromptu bomb shelter for a group of strangers on a lonely country road in the low-budget 1962 Cold War thriller This Is Not a Test, now a $5.95 DVD from www.oldies.com. As in the TV series 24, events in the 73-minute movie unfold in real time from the initial alert, yet the fast-working trucker still manages to seduce a just-met married woman while waiting for the missiles to fall.

Her talents add up
Esquire recently profiled biologist Franziska Michor, who hopes to help cancer patients through applied mathematics. She’s also licensed to drive 18-wheelers in her native Austria, just like her sister, a theoretical physicist. Their mathematician dad believed every young woman should learn cake baking, ballroom dancing and truck driving. One letter writer responded: “Michor is what every adult male is searching for: beautiful, intelligent, and the driver of a big rig.”

Keep your eyes on the skies (and the road)
Freight broker Steve Allen of Glen Rose, Texas, was among the witnesses in that state’s recent flurry of UFO sightings, which inspired us to put the question to eTrucker.com readers. More than a third of respondents say they’ve had at least one close encounter.

“You’ve got a lawyer that says that it’s legal. Well, there are lawyers in this administration that tell us torture is legal. That doesn’t make those lawyers right.”

– U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., to U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters in a Feb. 28 hearing on the cross-border trucking program

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