When I was I kid I loved “big iron” (still do). Uncle TR was hauling cattle locally (from Dubuque County to Union Stockyards in Chicago). The usual routine was to load cattle in the late afternoon then drive to Chicago and unload, get a bite to eat and return to Farley.
At the time, John “Johnny B” Foulks drove for Harry Shady, a trucker from Cascade. TR and Johnny would cover each other to meet capacity and demand fluctuations.
One day I wanted to ride to Chicago with Johnny B. Must have been 1965 or ’66 thereabouts. John was pretty new to Farley at the time. Since he wasn’t “from here”, Mom did a background investigation through Aunt Alvina down at the bank. Alvina gave Johnny an A+ rating and I got to ride with Johnny to Chicago. Driving a white IH 4000 COE with red trim and an 8-track player. I got hooked on country music that trip. Johnny had the classic truck tapes. I mostly remember Red Sovine - Phantom 309. A Kiss and the Keys. Six Days on the Road. Looping over and over. I wrote an essay in high school about that trip.
RIP, Johnny. Keep the shiny side up!