A Typical Daydream*
In 1975 “Convoy” was a huge hit on both the country and pop charts and caused a big spike in the sale of CB radios. On our first cross-country drive from Wakefield, MA to Tucson, AZ in 1978, my best buddy had a CB in his 1969 Camaro convertible. Listening to and chatting with truckers along those long desolate stretches of dusty Mid-West and Western highways were an enjoyable diversion when we weren’t listening to Pink Floyd, Zep or AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.” Oh, and I bet you didn’t know that one of Steven Spielberg’s first directorial efforts was about a truck. Now you do.
Kronos serves the trucking industry, and the American Trucking Associations reports on the immense scale of trucking in the US: “70% of all the freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks. Without the industry and our truck drivers, the economy would come to a standstill. To move 9.2 billion tons of freight annually requires nearly 3 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and over 3 million truck drivers…”
In our next 1 in One Hundred Million episode, here’s the story of one of them, Shannon NeSmith.
* Lyric from “Truckin'” by the Grateful Dead