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April 2018

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Voices 8 | Overdrive | April 2018 " Showed dad the article … He said, 'Better than being on the cover of Rolling Stone.' Went on to tell me a story of when he was young- er: 'When we first saw an Overdrive magazine, Grand- po [his own father] owned a little hole-in-the-wall gas station in Los Lunas, New Mexico. One day a driver delivering fuel showed up and needed to get tur ned around, and he needed to drive down the road to do it. He asked dad if he wanted to go with him on the big truck. … Dad said 'Heck, yeah' and jumped in the cab, and mentioned an Overdrive mag the driver had on the seat. When they got back, the driver gave the magazine to dad. Dad said it was the most awesome thing ever. He said he kept it till it fell apart.' So that's why he's so excited about this article. " Not gonna lie, I got a little choked up over that note from a reader. It was one of the many awesome stories about awesome people I've been awesomely lucky enough to hear and share with the folks who have been crazy or bored enough to read the George & Wendy Show blog for the last six years. The "Rolling Stone of trucking magazines" is a pretty apt description of Overdrive, and having an opportunity to begin my writing career at such an elevated level is still one of the best things I ever did accidentally. The unplanned nature of the rst eorge en- dy Show blog post leads me to believe the unplanned nature of the last post is just another weird and cosmic occurrence in our trucking adventures that was meant to be. When George walked into a trucking company eight miles from our home to drop o truck show infor- mation and found one of the most complete collec- tions of the very magazine for which we'd written for the last six years, I knew it was meant to be and the perfect post to close our tenure at Overdrive. Wendy says goodbye — and hello to a new chapter Catch Wendy Parker's final post for the magazine at OverdriveOnline.com/Wendy, detailing the collection and several of the custom pieces of Class 8 history Jerry Howard of Howard Trucking in Fairborn, Ohio, maintains there. You can find more of Wendy's writing in her ongoing blog at TheGandWShow.com and at Landline magazine. Small fleet owner Jerry Howard's collection of Overdrives spanning years 1962 to 2016 provided a fitting finale in late February for Wendy Parker's last "George & Wendy Show" blog post at OverdriveOnline.com. You can see the collection yourself at the Howard Trucking shop in Fairborn, Ohio, May 19, during the small fleet's annual truck show, which also includes some custom rigs. Dave Dein paid his "way through college hauling tomatoes" locally, he says. Later, after further trucking ex- perience, he'd had seven older power units donated to a partially on-high- way commercial trucking training program, Faith Logistics, that he ran before the California Air Resources Board's in-use diesel regulations "basi- cally shut us down," he says. Dein decided to turn a negative into a positive, making the most of his association with the high school where he also taught. "We donated that equipment to the high school," he says, and today his commercial trucking program for students includes simulator driver training. It all ends with a pretrip inspection, for which Dein and fellow teachers use the older equipment, capping plenty of class- room instruction the students receive. The course had something of a trial run last year as an adult-ed class, Dein says, which gave him a "chance to get the curriculum dialed in" as a sort of advanced driver's ed with a focus on Class 8 trucking. On the simulator, students get used to a 10-speed trans- mission and "progressive shifting — then we go into the dierent driing scenarios." The training equips students to get their commercial learner's permit. A partnership with tomato processor orning Star oers students the chance to get behind-the-wheel train- ing and make as much as $12,000 over a summer, Dein says. Former trucker Dave Dein, pictured with students in his commercial trucking class at Patterson High School in California. Shut down by CARB, teacher keeps the learning alive

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