By Land Line staff
The Truck Writers of North America presented its 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul Abelson at the group's annual awards banquet in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.
Abelson is senior technical editor for Land Line Magazine. He answers readers' questions in his column "Maintenance Q & A" in addition to contributing a wide variety of equipment and technical articles to the publication. Abelson has been an Illinois CDL holder since 1992.
He has been writing technical articles for 20 years for various industry publications. He also maintains a busy schedule contributing to the industry through his participation in the Technology & Maintenance Council, Society of Automotive Engineers, National Idling Reduction Planning Committee, Trucker Buddy International and Truck Writers of North America.
Abelson became involved in the trucking industry in 1979 as a marketing director. He enjoyed early success in the industry on the supplier side and eventually left to form his own marketing communications and consulting company. It was through this venture that he began ghostwriting stories for various trucking industry publications, eventually writing under his own byline.
His writing first appeared in Trucks Magazine in 1986 and has been a staple in the trucking communications industry ever since.
In addition to his work as senior technical editor for Land Line, Abelson is senior technical editor for Road King Magazine, published by TravelCenters of America. He accomplishes all this while continuing his successful marketing communications and consulting business.
Throughout his writing career, his byline has graced the pages of Fleet Equipment, Fleet Owner, Heavy Duty Trucking, Overdrive, Truckers News and Lifting & Transportation International.
Abelson's selection as the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award winner was in no small part because of the enormous respect he has among his peers. Phrases such as "respect," "a true professional," "dedicated professional" come up anytime Abelson and his impressive resume are discussed.
But, perhaps more than all else, Abelson is known for his genuine desire to embrace journalists new to the truck-writing community and his willingness to share his experience and technical savvy.
His talent and knowledge have been recognized by a variety of awards, including gold and silver awards, for writing from the American Society of Business Press Editors, the International Automotive Media Association, Communication Concepts and TWNA. He has received the Silver Spark Plug distinction from the Technology & Maintenance Council.
Abelson and his wife, Pat, have two grown children, Heather and David. David is currently serving in the U.S. Navy on tour as part of "Operation Iraqi Freedom." And of course, Abelson and his wife spend a fair amount of time doting on their grandson, Johnny.
Abelson is the third recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous winners were RJ Taylor and Robert Deierlein.