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Forum: A MAGIC TIME AND PLACE
Posted Sun, Sep 16 2018 09:39 AM CST 19 Likes 1 Dislike
DAVE WINTERS
DWT TRUCKING
CLEARWATER, MN

Posts: 568
In most carriers shops, you would find split rim tires and either Jonny cash or Paul Harvey on the shop radio. Across town you could always find some kids at the local hobby store, trying to find that new model truck kit that resembled that special truck they seen rolling through town, that was somehow different from most other trucks, it had a special look to it, that was intriguing. At the same time the truckers would pull into town, and drool over some muscle car that was parked outside the cafe. Perhaps it was that road runner or barracuda, jacked up in the back with mag wheels, or that GTO with side pipes on it. Everyone had a radar detector, and CB radio. Truckers were looked at as the good guys, and folks would eagerly gather around the coffee counter to hear about places like Chicago and New York. Somehow truckers were able to make America seem exciting to folks, so much so that even Hollywood jumped onboard with shows like Moving on, and BJ and the bear. And that's the way it was, September 14th 1978. REPLY
Posted Thu, Sep 27 2018 07:57 AM CST 2 Likes
DENISE MCBRIDE
SOUTHMARK FOREST PRODUCTS
Greensboro, NC

Posts: 11
It is really sad that all that seems lost now. Technology, social interaction, and culture has changed so much. Seems noone wants to talk to people anymore unless they are on their phone. Few people stick there hands up to just say hi for fear that it may be taken as a threat or that it would turn into a sexual harassment charge. Noone listens to the older generation and enjoys the simple things that make us who we are. I miss the time spent with my dad, rides to the store to grab a drink and candy while he sat and chatted with some of his CB friends at the local store, sitting out in my dad's camper (AKA in today's terms, man cave) listening to him talk to his friends over the CB. I went outside to play, we visited our family in different states not call or facetime them, we took time for each other. That seems to be lost today. As a teen, I would listen to the CB in the mornings while I waited to catch the bus. Loved hearing the trucks that would broadcast while they were waiting to load or offload nearby. So much of what shaped us has vanished. Just know there are still a few of us out there that will listen and still have a little magic left somewhere. REPLY
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Posted Fri, Sep 28 2018 03:40 PM CST 1 Like
RON MILLER
BIG HAMMER INC
Ravenna, NE

Posts: 112
I remember back stopping in at the Union 76 " TA for you youngsters "and dad trading in the old midland 23 channel for the all new 40 channel cb. It was a Uniden Teddy Roosevelt model,,, the guy told dad they make another one also called the "Nixon" but it quits working after a few months and dad and him had a good laugh. that was in december 1977 cause I remember dad saying it was his christmas early. REPLY
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Posted Fri, Sep 28 2018 03:41 PM CST 1 Like
RON MILLER
BIG HAMMER INC
Ravenna, NE

Posts: 112
I remember back stopping in at the Union 76 " TA for you youngsters "and dad trading in the old midland 23 channel for the all new 40 channel cb. It was a Uniden Teddy Roosevelt model,,, the guy told dad they make another one also called the "Nixon" but it quits working after a few months and dad and him had a good laugh. that was in december 1977 cause I remember dad saying it was his christmas early. REPLY
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Posted Mon, Oct 01 2018 07:04 AM CST 2 Likes
RICK VICROY
MBA ENTERPRISES
Johnstown, OH

Posts: 11
Yes, back when U.S Express was Victory Express, a small dinky company in Dayton on Wolf Creek Pike. my little sister was the restaurant supervisor at the Union 76 truckstop in Franklin Ohio. I was pulling steel coils out if ARMCO in Middletown Ohio, Now AK Steel. Driving an old Emeryville International. No cell phones. No Internet, and we Tripleased our loads all over the country, that's back when It was fun, we made good money. we all had CBs to keep in touch, It was a Brotherhood, we waved at each other. we stopped for other driver's who needed a hand. yes I'm still in the seat, it's in my blood. I've seen It all over these past 42 years. The old shiny 290, and back then. a 400 Big Cam 3 was the Big Dog. Straight Stacks, no engine choking emissions crap. Trucking used to be fun. REPLY
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Posted Mon, Oct 01 2018 11:01 AM CST
DALE SECULES
ALLENDALE TRUCKING
Craig, CO

Posts: 2
....And Greenstamps and "Bingo Cards", a half dozen state plates on the truck, wigwag air warnings, and good coffee for a quater and free with a fuel purchase. Thanks for the memories! Guys and gals have a GREAT week! REPLY
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Posted Mon, Oct 01 2018 11:41 AM CST 1 Like
JEFF PEARSON
C & R TRUCKING INC
PAYSON, UT

Posts: 925
Fuel was a quarter a gallon..after you got your card punched at 76 with500 gallons you got a free steak dinner...you had grade 1 and 2 at the pumps..most places pumped for you...you had Armstrong steering..spring suspension...tube tires..RDWD65 ...if you were broke down along the road..you had two or three other truckers trying to get you going again...you pulled into a truck stop and went in for that dime cup of coffee..you knew many others there by name..every truck that you passed..you waved..when you passed the other truck.. they would give you the lights when you were clear of them..you read maps.. And not some computerised piece of equipment trying to tell you how to get there..then when you were inspected by the DOT cops..it was a fix it ticket..if they had time they would show you or fix the violation themsellf.. And sign off the ticket...All they wanted were safe trucks... REPLY
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Posted Tue, Oct 02 2018 07:42 AM CST
ELI HOSTETLER
ELI B HOSTETLER
WATSONTOWN, PA

Posts: 28
Well you guys made me miss the days I never seen them I remembered no ac then I was like it’s not so bad now air ride power steering ac an so force still enjoyed it lol REPLY
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