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Dave Carter … on NPR

Make that two posts we never thought we’d write on Ricochet.

That’s right, our very own road warrior was interviewed by WKNO, an NPR station in the mid-south, for a profile on “The Ride of Pride,” his veteran-themed rig (seen at right), and the broader issue of veterans in the trucking industry:

After Dave Carter retired from the Air Force, he started driving an 18-wheeler. When Carter is on the road (which is most of the time now) he sleeps behind the steering wheel on a twin bed in the small cab of the truck, and it reminds him of his time in the military, “A lot of veterans are attracted to this line of work, because the living conditions, sometimes are austere, Spartan in some degree, and for vets, it’s like being deployed,” Carter said.

Carter drives a distinctive big-rig emblazoned with symbols of patriotism for one of the largest trucking companies in the country, Schneider National. Carter pointed to a spot on his fender where the words ‘In Memoriam to Deceased Veterans’ were printed, “It’s called the ‘Ride of Pride.’ There are four of them in the U.S., one in Canada,” Carter said, “They are commemorating active duty folks and veterans.”

The mobile-memorial is also a rolling-advertisement geared to make former military members aware of jobs at Schneider National. Despite the fact that millions of Americans are looking for work, ninety percent of trucking companies say they can’t find enough drivers. Long hours and many nights spent away from home make the driver’s seat difficult to fill, so trucking companies are targeting a group they believe has the skill-set to handle a tough job—veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read the full piece — and hear the interview — here.

  1. Trace

    Didn’t know they had NPR affiliates in the “mid South.” it’s a good story though. Good for NPR, good for Schneider’s PR people, and of course, good for Dave!

  2. Barkha Herman

    Awesome!

  3. Trink

    “They’re fit, drug-free, well-experienced, typically very emotionally mature, wake up on time and work their tails off to do a great job,” Hinz said.

     . . .one of whom, can write, and spin narratives from his observations, that leave his readers clamoring for more . . 

  4. George Rapp

    Cool … but Dave, you forgot to ask to be cited as “Ricochet Contributor” Dave Carter.  8^)

  5. MRK

    God Bless you Dave for helping the Vets.

  6. Troy Senik, Ed.
    George Rapp: Cool … but Dave, you forgot to ask to be cited as “Ricochet Contributor” Dave Carter.  8^) · 1 hour ago

    Actually, Dave made clear to me that he made a Ricochet plug. You’ll be shocked –SHOCKED! — to hear that it didn’t make it past editing at NPR.

  7. Percival

    Great piece, Dave.

    It’s a pity though that you couldn’t give them the full Dave Carter Experience.

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  8. Eeyore

    Let’s see…Ricochet…cash crisis…NPR…….It’s inevitable

    “Hello, this is Peter Robinson. Welcome to the Ricochet Spring Pledge Drive. For a pledge at the $100 level, you will receive an attractive, durable Ricochet tote bag…For a pledge at the $250 level, a wonderful tee-shirt, emblazoned with a touching picture of Rob Long and his dog…At the $500 level, receive the Dave Carter Ride-of-Pride mug…At the $1000 level……”

  9. Dave Carter
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    Troy Senik, Ed.

    George Rapp: Cool … but Dave, you forgot to ask to be cited as “Ricochet Contributor” Dave Carter.  8^) · 1 hour ago

    Actually, Dave made clear to me that he made a Ricochet plug. You’ll be shocked –SHOCKED! — to hear that it didn’t make it past editing at NPR. · 56 minutes ago

    The actual interview lasted the better part of an hour.  Of that,…they used just a smidgeon of my comments though, thankfully, they used the segments where I sounded sober.  But believe me,…I talked up Ricochet big time.  

  10. Nanda Panjandrum

    Well done, Dave!

  11. CuriousJohn

    Brilliant!,  We wouldn’t expect anything less from the 1st Ricochetti

  12. CuriousJohn
    Eeyore: Let’s see…Ricochet…cash crisis…NPR…….It’s inevitable

    “Hello, this is Peter Robinson. Welcome to the Ricochet Spring Pledge Drive. For a pledge at the $100 level, you will receive an attractive, durable Ricochet tote bag…For a pledge at the $250 level, a wonderful tee-shirt, emblazoned with a touching picture of Rob Long and his dog…At the $500 level, receive the Dave Carter Ride-of-Pride mug…At the $1000 level……” · 2 hours ago

    How much do you have to pony up for a cross country trip with Dave? …..   the definition of Priceless

  13. Debbie Stevens
    Trace: Didn’t know they had NPR affiliates in the “mid South.” it’s a good story though. Good for NPR, good for Schneider’s PR people, and of course, good for Dave! · 14 hours ago

    I am not sure if this would be praise for the “mid-South” for not being leftist enough to support an NPR station?  Or criticism that NPR had settled itself even in the conservative stronghold of the Mid-South?

    Nevertheless, this Mid-Southerner is delighted that our Dave made an appearance on the station and I will be looking that much more diligently for his beautiful rig.

  14. Sweezle

    NPR does some good “human interest” articles and this counts as one of them. Hope you recover from the shock Dave.

  15. GingerB

    If I remember correctly I joined Ricochet just so I could comment on one of Dave’s beautiful posts.

    Eeyore: Let’s see…Ricochet…cash crisis…NPR…….It’s inevitable

    “Hello, this is Peter Robinson. Welcome to the Ricochet Spring Pledge Drive. For a pledge at the $100 level, you will receive an attractive, durable Ricochet tote bag…For a pledge at the $250 level, a wonderful tee-shirt, emblazoned with a touching picture of Rob Long and his dog…At the $500 level, receive the Dave Carter Ride-of-Pride mug…At the $1000 level……” · 16 hours ago

  16. FeliciaB

    Yea!  I know him!  I know him!

  17. Eeyore
    Dave Carter The actual interview lasted the better part of an hour.  Of that,…they used the segments where I sounded sober.

    Dave,

    I admit I’m going by my All-Of-NPR-Despises-The-Military prejudice, but I’m wondering about your impressions of the interviewer. Was she actually curious about her interviewee and the subject, or was she just being pro-forma? Not that it would be obvious, but…just curious.

  18. Severely Ltd.

    So do you feel tainted or violated? I hear lots of hot showers do wonders for your state of mind after these encounters.

    Seriously though, I’ll bet they were astonished a right-wing, southern-reared truck driver was “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” and miles ahead of them on every issue. This is exactly what we have to do to win the country back.

  19. Eeyore
    Severely Ltd.: I’ll bet they were astonished a right-wing, southern-reared truck driver was “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” and miles ahead of them on every issue. 

    And with no Cajun dialect, unless he wanted to have one…

  20. Dave Carter
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    Actually, the reporter was just a courteous as you please, and seemed genuinely interested not only in my story, but in regard to how the trucking lifestyle is a natural fit for so many vets. We got along wonderfully. Then again, how could I not get along with someone whose last name is Boudreau? Mai’s dats a good name yeah! And when I made a back handed dig at government work by saying how much I enjoyed leaving govt employment for work in the “productive sector,” she simply smiled. It was an enjoyable chat all around.

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