visit from a state transportation inspector served as a walk
down memory lane for trucker and OOIDA member Fred Faerber.
It also supplied a pretty good chuckle.
of Kingston, NY, recently was contacted by an inspector with
the New York State Transportation Department about tracing his
employment history with Smith Ave. Moving Co., a company he
owns. "This is a family-run business and I'm the only driver,"
inspector, while reviewing the company's paperwork, was troubled
by the fact he couldn't locate Fred's original application for
employment to confirm how he got the job. Fred was a little
puzzled why the NYDOT would make such a fuss about paperwork
that would be nearly a half-century old.
father purchased the moving company in the early 50s and he's
been driving full time since 1957. Fred said the inspector suggested
he fill out an application for the company's files for future
reference. So, Fred obliged. "I started part time in 1952
and earned 75 cents an hour. I never had to fill out an application,
but now they want one, so I made one. I dated it 1/1/57. I wrote
down my high school and grade school. Of course, I noted that
most of the business references listed are probably dead. That
was a long time ago. But, what else could I do?"
he did offer letters collected from people he helped move dating
back to the 50s, thanking him for the work done. "There
are plenty of letters I could give," he jokes. "I
think they'll vouch for me."