Friday, October 21, 2016

‘Movin’ On’ gets its own museum in superfan’s house

Big wheels rollin', gotta keep 'em goin' Big wheels rollin', movin' on.
It takes a special breed to be a trucker, but an even more special breed of fan to open the world’s only official museum dedicated to the trucking-themed TV show “Movin’ On.”

That’s exactly what Bill Bazen did in his Wake Forest home near Falls Lake State Park. Bazen’s tribute to the show, which starred veteran character actor Claude Akins as independent trucker Sonny Pruitt, and Frank Converse as his college-boy co-driver, Will Chandler, received a write-up in a recent edition of The Charlotte Observer.

Bazen, 52, was obsessed with the show as a boy, because his dad was also a long-haul trucker who ran up and down the East Coast. He told the newspaper the museum is a tribute to his father and to truckers.

Among the items on display are a line of trucker hats with the tag line “Do It… Like Pruitt” autographs from every guest star, original scripts, series props, and even a four-finger cigar case that Chandler’s character wore during the show.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

When DUI turns into PUI, truckers intervene

Few encounters on the road are as scary as watching a driver apparently under the influence on the road ahead of you. A video making the rounds shows a pair of truckers following an obviously impaired driver going down the interstate.

The car weaved in and out of its lane for quite a while before the driver decided to make a pit stop – right in the middle of the interstate. After the driver relieved himself in the middle of the road and attempted to get back in his car, via the passenger door, the truckers worked together to block the driver from leaving until police could arrive.

Once all potential for harm to others is eliminated, the scene turns from scary to almost surreal or comical. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself. (Other than foul language, the video is safe-for-work viewing.)