OK, so here is the short version of my life's story in reference to Truck Driving. November 1979, earned my Class A CDL. Yes, I did say earned my CDL Class A. I did not attend the "Wally Thor Truck Masters School of Trucking" or any other professional driving academy. I was trained by an old school Logging Trucker by the name of Junior McDonald. He said to me, " If you want to become a Professional Trucker, not a truck driver, I will teach you what I have learned over the last 40 years". I answered, Yes, but what was the difference between a "Professional Trucker" and a truck driver? He then explained to me that anyone, even a monkey, can be taught how to drive a truck. It is only through training, experience, practice, successes, failures, and how you handle each, that a Man or Woman may become a true Professional Trucker, the present day Knights if the highways and byways of this country. And he MEANT EVERY WORD. This is part of what I have never forgotten over the 30 years since he spoke them to me. You need to understand, to Junior McDonald, Trucking was a way of life, not just a job. This may sound sort of sappy, but over the 2 months I road with him, he did not just teach me how to drive a Semi and Trailer, but he gave me good advise on how to live an honorable and productive life. Much of that advise I still practice to this very day. God Bless Junior McDonald, where ever he is today.
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