Five decades of trucking


Overdrive has a big anniversary next year – its 50th. Some of you were around at the time the first issue came out in September 1961. A lot has changed since then, both with Overdrive and trucking.

As we prepare for publishing 12 months of retrospectives starting this fall, we’d like to hear your memories, whether they date to the ‘60s or later years. What were trucks like when you started driving? How about the truck stops of yesteryear? How did troopers treat you? What noble things have been lost from trucking over the decades? What do you remember about Overdrive or founder Mike Parkhurst?

You can e-mail your thoughts to me at or send them to Overdrive, P.O. Box 3187, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403. We’ll be using readers’ comments online and in print.

Also, if you plan to be at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas next month and would like to share your reflections with an editor, let me know.  

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