Today’s Historical Photo:
The magic mysterious Television before it was simply TV!
Truck Drivers and Television
As early as I can remember I admired tractor and trailer drivers. I heard they drove as far away as Florida and New York.
Truckers wore uniforms including hats. Some wore award pins to indicate how many miles they had driven without a ticket or accident.
By the time I was 7 or 8 I had uncles and cousins who were driving trucks. Some of them bought their trucks, others just drove for ‘The Man’. Long haul truckers made more money than local drivers of course. When they were trying to save money my Uncle Hisure told me they ate ‘trucker’s soup’ which was water and ketchup with soda crackers.
Back then a trucker would teach a novice to drive for $100. That being the novice must take three or four trips and log so many hours behind the wheel. Hisure made what he called a ‘rabbit box’. This was before the great sleeper trucks of today. He knocked out his back window and built a wooden box for one driver to sleep in going down the road. They crawled in and out from the cab. Aunt Agnes made him a curtain.
He taught my brother Odis to drive and Odis started driving for the same trucking company, Akers Motor lines. Odis drove to New York City and hauled goods back to NC. He brought the most amazing thing back once, He called it a Television. It was like big box radio, except it had a six inch glass they called a screen. We would sit and watch that little bright light for hours, there was nothing on it but test patterns at times. The nearest television station was in Charlotte, NC and that was 60 miles away and did not reach Shelby. Test patterns were odd shapes we had never seen before.
Telling a kid that today with all the electronic gadgets and toys they have, they would know we were crazy or at least stupid.
But to us it was amazing. We were told that one day it would actually be like a radio that you could see. I just dreamed of seeing The Long Ranger on that little screen one day.
Some of you are old enough to remember that. But forever after I pictured the Truck Driver as visiting magic places that had things like TVs that worked. My brother had seen them and knew it was true.
PS: Now about this wonderfully created body:
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