A brief historical moment

Here, we turn it over to the Friar:

Pop culture crazes used to last a lot longer than they do now, which is one reason that the CB radio wave occupied a couple of years during the last part of the 1970s. Among the interesting things it produced was the spoken-word hit “Convoy” by Bill Fries, under the name C.W. McCall.

The internet being the internet, there’s at least one page dedicated to the story of a massive group of trucks tearing through the nation’s highways, undaunted and unstopped by law enforcement. It has performance clips of McCall doing “Convoy” live — after a fashion — and it mostly involves him telling the story of the aforementioned convoy, led by the Rubber Duck and Pig Pen.

Legendary stuff, to be sure. And after a decade, a wholly different form of intervehicle communication had taken hold — but that story, too, proved to be worth the telling:

Today, of course, he’s just another distracted driver.


  1. McGehee »

    25 July 2018 · 3:42 pm

    And then along came OnStar, which somehow managed to avoid airing ads with drivers calling, “Help! My car’s fallen and it can’t get up!”

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  3. fillyjonk »

    26 July 2018 · 9:44 am

    My dad had one of those, back in the day. Used it when we were on vacation to find out speed traps.

    Now I wonder, with kids in the car and all: was there an unwritten code that the CB users kept four-letter words off it? I don’t remember ever hearing any. Then again, as a kid, I’m not sure I would have recognized any that I heard.

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