Veteran truck writer Paul Abelson announces retirement

By Land Line staff | Wednesday, October 07, 2015

After a working career spanning six decades – 1960s through the present – Land Line Senior Technical Editor Paul Abelson has announced his retirement.

He announced the decision at the recent meeting of the Technology and Maintenance Council.

His writing first appeared in Trucks Magazine in 1986 and has been a staple in the trucking communications industry ever since. He has written for Land Line since 1998.

Credit: Paul Abelson

During his career, he served on Trucker Buddy International's board of directors, as well as Truck Writers of North America’s board, and was active with the National Association of Show Trucks during its early years. In 2006 he was recognized with the Truck Writers of North America Lifetime Achievement Award.

Abelson has been active in TMC for 32 years and during that time never missed a meeting. He was named a Recognized Associate by TMC in 1993 and was given the Council’s highest award, The Silver Spark Plug, in 1995. From 2003 to 2005, he served on the Council's board of directors. He has authored or contributed to more than a dozen Recommended Practices. Abelson was also active in the Society of Automotive Engineers, chairing several committees including the one that drafted the specifications for conspicuity tape.

In addition to his work as senior technical editor for Land Line, Abelson has held the same position for Road King Magazine.

Abelson answers Land Line readers’ questions in his column “Maintenance Q & A” in addition to contributing a wide variety of technical articles.

He will continue his contributions to OOIDA’s media as consulting technical editor, solving your maintenance problems via e-mail, telephone and in the pages of Land Line. He will also be contributing feature articles.

An OOIDA life member, he got his CDL in 1993, but gave it up last year.  

Abelson is a resident of Lisle, Ill. He says he’ll now be spending more time with his wife, Pat, and family, including watching his two grandsons play football and soccer and run track and cross country.

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