(Editor’s note: It’s “Throwback Thursday” and we’re digging into the Land Line digital archive to bring you a 2009 column from Editor-in-Chief Sandi Soendker. Since its inception, our blog has been not only the spot for hard-hitting analysis and opining, but also a place where we have a little fun, like this exchange between columnists Dave Sweetman and Bill Hudgins’ fictional alter ego, Rufus Sideswipe.)
Truck writers are a nutty bunch. I got an email today from Rufus Sideswipe, the gearjammin’ imaginary pal of Land Line columnist Bill Hudgins. This email was a copy of a note sent to another Land Line columnist, Dave Sweetman.
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Rufus, it seems, read Sweetman’s column in the October 2009 Land Line and liked it a lot. If you haven’t read it, it’s called “Blue Highways,” and I agree it’s one of Sweetman’s best. Good enough to bring a fictional character like Rufus “to life,” I guess.
Allow me to share this exchange. The fictional Rufus writes to Dave:
That was one fine journey back down the backroads in Land Line. That other writer fella, Bill Hudgins, what quotes me all the time – he says he read “Blue Highways” and “Travels With Charley” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” and did some roaming, too. But then he got sidetracked and stuck in one place with that Wilma of his. Thanks for the trip! – RS
Now considering that Bill wrote this in the guise of Rufus, I really like the “Wilma” touch – seeing as how Bill’s wife is WILDA, not Wilma.