Episode 34 Show Notes

 Texas motor Speedway, Fort Worth Texas just down the road from Peterbilt headquarters in Denton Texas.             1939 the Peterbilt 351-1954 359-1967 379-1986 389-2007 replacing the     389 with a new brand 589                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                By Ashley –  May 10, 2023                                    

Peterbilt unveils ‘legendary’ Model 589

May 10, 2023

The traditionally styled, long-hood 589—which replaces the 389 after 10 years of research and design—features a more spacious cab, rectangular grille mesh, and 15-in. external air cleaners, and is ‘unmistakably’ a Pete

Jason McDaniel.                                                                               

FORT WORTH, Texas—A new legend dawned Tuesday night inside the track at the Texas Motor Speedway, where Peterbilt unveiled the Model 589 after 10 years of research, customer outreach, and engineering design.

“In a word—it is legendary,” Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager, told the Peterbilt faithful who filled the track lawn.

Skoog referenced Peterbilt’s history of “purpose-built” innovation dating to 1939, and the first traditionally styled, long-hood trucks, which debuted in 1954 with the Model 351, and continued in the 359, 379, and the 389 introduced in 2007. They informed the design of the 589, which “carries the mantel of Peterbilt pride and class.”

The 589 replaces the 389, only after years of interviews with owner-operators, and small and large fleet managers at truck stops and trade shows, Skoog explained.

“Through those interactions we confirmed what our customers most value in the Peterbilt product—distinction, customization, and very importantly, a true connection to that Peterbilt heritage,” Skoog said. “The design and engineering team was charged with staying true to that heritage while migrating our traditional product line to the same wider (2.1-meter) cab you find on our Models 567 and 579. These are the newest cabs in the industry with best-in-class quality, fit and finish, and driver comfort. At every step of the way, the concepts were meticulously scrutinized to ensure they looked like a traditional Peterbilt.

“The Model 589 is unmistakably Peterbilt.”

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Key features include a low and long, all-aluminum, multi-piece hood with a wraparound crown and triple-grille bars. The hood is assembled with classic huck rivets, creating a horizontal line that carries all the way through the door, lending itself “beautifully” to custom paint schemes, and the 589 reintroduces rectangular grille mesh from past models. The truck also boasts iconic pod headlights, cast polished aluminum bird, and bicycle fenders.

And their “finest achievement,” Skoog said, are the 15-in. external air cleaners.

“These are the real deal,” he said.

The door design is exclusive to the Model 589, presenting a clean surface and custom lines that emphasize the truck’s low and long appearance, and the classic “West Coast-style” mirrors are larger for enhanced visibility. Inside, the 589 boasts a “more spacious driver environment” with modern conveniences, like automatic climate control. All 389 sleeper configurations are available with the 589 and include more storage and “bold” styling accents.

A group of truckers dropped their trailers and gathered on an Indiana Interstate to protest low freight rates today. 

The bobtail rigs went on a slow roll along Interstate 465 around Indianapolis on Wednesday, May 17th in hopes of spreading awareness about the financial hardships the low rates are creating for owner operators, reported WishTV 8.

The slow roll included members of the Indiana Diverse Truckers Association. The group is also hoping to spread awareness about the lack of transparency in brokered freight transactions.  

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By Wimberly Patton –  May 17, 2023

We all know the most famous frivolous lawsuit story. Stella Liebeck sued McDonald’s back in 1992 when she spilled hot coffee on herself. “But coffee ismeant to be hot” we all cry. Dig a little deeper into the case however and it starts to look less frivolous. The coffee caused 3rd degree burns for a start. Secondly, McDonald’s had already received over 700 complaints about its temperature (which was 30-40 degrees too hot). Finally, Liebeck had only requested $800 to cover the cost of her skin grafts. It seems that the negative press was all drummed up by McDonald’s in the hope of swaying public opinion. Clearly it worked.In the interests of righting this wrong, we have gone out and found some truly frivolous lawsuits. From litigous monkeys to dangerous breasts, here’s our top five most frivolous lawsuits.

Monkey vs Photographer

PETA, an organisation well known for rational responses, take the biscuit with this lawsuit. They sued a photographer on behalf of a macaque monkey. The monkey had taken a selfie using the photographer’s camera for which PETA believed it should enjoy copyright protection. We’re sure it would be intellectually fun to argue whether a monkey can possibly enjoy copyright protection. However, the internet is already full of selfies. Perhaps we shouldn’t be encouraging the animal world to join in. Ducks might bring back duck face, after all.

We advise against swimming with killer whales

Daniel Dukes was a man with a plan. That plan was to swim with a killer whale. Unfortunately, after sneaking into Sea World one night, Daniel’s plan came to fruition. Inevitably, Tillikum the killer whale followed through on the promise of his name and Daniel ended upsleeping with the fishes (see what we did there?) Anyway, the distraught parents of Mr Dukes went on to sue Sea World. It was their contention that Sea World had made killer whales seem too friendly by selling plush toy versions of them. This cuddly image ultimately led to their son’s demise. One has to wonder how their name wasn’t already a sufficient deterrent.

A very expensive weather forecast

The weather. It’s an unpredictable beast. Except maybe here in the Netherlands where we can be almost guaranteed it’s raining outside, whatever the time of year. Weather forecasters in Israel however, need to keep an eye on their predictions. A woman successfully sued a weather station for $1,000 after an inaccurate prediction led to her catching a cold. According to the plaintiff, she dressed light after seeing the prediction for good weather. This led to her getting the flu, missing a week of work, and spending a considerable amount on medication. Does it still count as a windfall if it was caused by rain?

Dangerous breasts

A man visits a nude bar. We’re not sure how the joke normally goes, but in this instance it ends up in court. In 1996 a a man named Paul Shimkonis sued his local topless bar claiming a dancer’s breasts had given him whiplash. Shimkonis described the breasts as ‘cement blocks’ which had caused him physical and mental anguish. His request fro $15,000 in damages was denied by the judge. We find ourselves wondering what sort of dance move can cause that level of momentum.

Geography is tough

In 2014 Edward Gamson went about planning a dream trip to Granada. Gamson had a lifelong interest in Islamic art and was himself 

How many odd or just stupid things do you see every day? How many times do you see something and you just shake your head and think to yourself their gonna die early!

I know thats just part of natural selection and its hard to watch some days. It makes you wanna say WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING? But the response always seems to be What?

Live and learn people.                   Truckers protest low freight rates with Indiana slow roll

By Wimberly Patton –  May 17, 2023