I was born June 2, 1957. Seems like a lifetime ago and judging by my age, very well could have been! I grew up on the west side of Indianapolis until the age of 12! I came from a broken home, which back in the late 50s was kind of rare. My mom and dad split when I was 6 months old. Another oddity was that my dad fought for custody and won. I have 2 older brothers, Frank graduated from Ben Davis High School on the outer west side of Indianapolis. Fred went to Southport High School and graduated in 1974.It’s kind of strange really, one move in 1972 and we all graduated from different high schools.
Dad was a blue collar professional over the road trucker which made it even more impressive that he won the custody suit. Rumor was told to me that my grandparents put up their home for a second mortgage and they paid off the judge. Pretty amazing really when you think about it! But anyway, back to the story at hand. I loved it on Indy’s south side, as the best times of my life were when I was in high school at Perry Meridian. I was wrestler and wanted to play other sports but the transportation just wasn’t available when I was younger!
In the summer of 1973 I was fortunate enough to enroll in Driver’s Ed. I think the fee was $45.00 back then but a short footnote, 2 years ago I paid over $200.00 for my daughter to take it and it was NOT offered in school! I had Mr Mullinix for my in car instructor. For the life of me I cannot remember who else was in my class! I never would have imagined that in 1973, Drivers Ed would pave the way for my employment future!
My first car, a 1964 Chevelle, 4 door and I was so ashamed of that car that driving it to school.,.not an option! But today, I wish I had it and could fix it up, that would be a nice change. I had a lot of friend there at Perry Meridian and had a lot of fun. I went to three Proms, no wonder I was always broke in April and May! Two at Perry Meridian and one at Ben Davis. My work options back then were John Brehob Nursery for one season and gas station attendant for the remaining 3 years. Can you believe it, I actually had to check the oil and clean the windows back then.
I had classes with a lot of the athletes like industrial arts and home economics. I graduated about mid class which is no huge surprise, no brainiac here! But after graduation I joined my older brother, who had a masonary business and worked for him for over 2 years. But family will mess you over every time.
He was withholding taxes and not paying them in, good thing I kept all my check stubs.
During that time I married my high school sweetheart that graduated from Ben Davis in 1977. Sheila and I married in 1978 and stayed together until 1982. After my ordeal with my brother over the taxes, I began driving a straight truck for a “small” spice company called McCormick. In 1980 the traffic manager gave me the opportunity to learn to drive a tractor-trailer. I jumped at the chance without any haste and never looked back. That job lasted 4 years because the company leased the building, trucks, and some of the other equipment. The factory workers were union and there were issues between labor and management. The drivers were not union but the company did not want any backlash of problems by keeping us on so when the truck leases were up, we were gone. they did give us a fair severance pay for all the problems we had to encounter. The rift was so bad that the company laid all of the employees off and moved everything to South Bend where they owned the land and had room to grow!
After McCormick (by the way, I love that job) I got a job with a freight company called Overnite Transportation Company. I was there 12 years and left to better myself at Conway Central Express. I was terminated from there as a result of a bogus customer claim. The that’s when the real fun started. After Sheila and I divorced in 1982, I remained single til 1987. I remarried and divorced in 1992. I had a 3-year-old son in that marriage that will have nothing to do with me. I remained single, but I was in and out of a relationship with my daughter’s mother several times over the next 7 years til I met my best friend and love of my life Debbie! We have been together going on 13 years, a record for both of us and have been married going on 2. We got married in Pigeon Forge Tennessee and had all our closest friends there with us. During our relationship , we got custody of Avalon who was 7 at the time, after a court battle and she was with us until she turned 16.
After the job at Conway ended I bought my first truck. A 1999 International and leased on with the railroad ( CSX). It was alright but they didn’t pay enough and I really wanted benefits so I went back to company driving. Huge mistake! Once you’re out on your own, working for someone else really sucks! That lasted almost 4 years and I could not stand anymore. Bought another truck and a flatbed trailer with a sidekit and leased it on with BESL Transfer and the rest is what I refer to as the future! My next blog is going to be about my driving experiences. Thanks for stopping by my site and looking around. stay as long as you like and please feel free to give me any feedback you desire.