A MESSAGE FROM THE BANNER BARON
After walkie-talkies and before cell phones, there was the Citizens Band radio, more popularly known as CB radio. Wiki describes it as “a system of short-distance radio communications between individuals on a selection of 40 channels…used for business or personal communications.” It’s how long haul truckers kept in touch, advised each other of road conditions and warned of speed traps manned by “bears”. You know, police officers? Like Smokey the Bear? Well, it sounded very cool back then.
You could buy a CB radio in electronics stores, have it installed quickly in your car or truck, and you didn’t really have to have a license (other than a driver’s license, of course).
All you needed to immerse yourself in trucker culture was a “handle”. An “adopted” name to simultaneously communicate your coolness and protect your anonymity. First Lady Betty Ford’s handle was “First Mama”.
There were movies (Smokey and The Bandit), songs (Convoy by C. W. McCall), and even a TV show or two (The Dukes of Hazzard). Today, CB radios are in limited use, thanks to cell phones. CB’s have simply gone out of style with the masses.
10-10 good buddies. Keep it between the ditches.