October 1, 2002
Writing this column is a relatively new gig for me.
When I started with Truck News a few years ago – time really does fly – my editor, John Curran asked me if I’d be interested in putting pen to paper on a monthly basis.
I hesitated and dragged my feet for the first few issues until I finally relented.
I guess my biggest concern was what in the hell was I going to write about?
At that time, my trucking experience was limited to driving a cube van on moving day.
Anyway, with the encouragement of the Truck News staff, I began my career as a columnist.
This is my spot, above the circulation ad, month after month.
At any rate, this column has become a lot of fun.
The series of articles I wrote concerning the unfair treatment of truckers on the 407 resulted in a wave of phone calls.
It truly is amazing that drivers and O/Os continue to be put through this treatment on a daily basis.
My usual topics revolve around everyday life, from the people I work with, my family and friends, to my dog Jessie.
I enjoy the lighter side of life.
I’ve had my share of criticism as well – they tell me that’s a good thing – so if you’d like to call or e-mail please feel free.
I’m not always in, but I will return your call.
If you have an interesting story or experience you’d think your fellow truckers would enjoy, send them in.
Some of my best material has come from listening to a few of my friends who drive for a living.
These guys are on the road day in and day out.
They have seen it all.
Some people have even compared my column to watching an episode of Seinfeld, I don’t know if that’s good or bad but if they paid me 10 per cent of what Jerry makes, I’d be a happy camper.
Come to think of it, I do have a good friend who does a great impression of Kramer and another friend who is a dead ringer for Newman.
All we need is George and Elaine to complete the picture. Maybe it’s time for a Canadian trucking version of the show.
Jerry could be the dispatcher, George, Newman and Elaine could drive and Kramer could serve coffee at the local truck stop.
Hmmm, maybe I’m getting carried away with this writing business?
– Rob Wilkins is the publisher of Truck News and he can be reached at 416-442-2097.
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