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Remembering Truckers’ Hollywood Heyday

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by Gary Bricken No Comments

There was a time, long gone now, when truckers were the darlings of Hollywood. They were generally portrayed as being gentlemen but rough around the edges, of course. The first really good action film featuring truck driving was They Drive by Night, released in 1938 starring George Raft and Humphrey Bogart. Keep in mind, George […]

Iowa 80 celebrates 50th anniversary

Posted on: January 16th, 2014 by Brooke Wisdom No Comments

It was back in 1964 when Iowa 80 first opened the doors of its small white enamel building and started serving truckers. Bill Moon had found the spot for Standard Oil before Interstate 80 was completed at what is now Exit 284. Standard Oil built the truck stop, and Moon soon took over management in […]

Mack Truck Delivers ‘Good Nature’ to Capitol

Posted on: December 11th, 2013 by Brad Bentley No Comments

What did it take to transport the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Washington State to Washington, DC? A Mack truck, an experienced driver, and a lot of support. I was among the hundreds of spectators in Northeast Washington for the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree harvesting ceremony on November 1, but by the time […]

A Veteran Driver’s Confession

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by Gary Bricken No Comments

Awhile back, this writer was sitting in a booth in the diner of a small truck stop just listening to the chatter of other drivers while they grabbed a bite to eat or waited for a load. Like most retired drivers, the stream of words just drifted in one ear and out the other with […]