As a youngster, David "Cabover"
Kolman - the host of "A Safety Minute”
With Ol' Blue, USA - dreamt of being a big
rig jockey, traveling the country in a cab-over-engine
tractor. (He was fascinated by the COE's style.)
He pursued his dream and became a
long-haul trucker, and then went on to become
an owner-operator. His first tractor purchase
was, naturally, a cabover. So was his second.
Family responsibilities caused “Cabover”
to leave the open road and sell his truck.
He eventually got into truck trade journalism
and became a chief editor and publisher with
Newport Communications, publisher of "RoadStar"
(formerly "Truckers News"), "Heavy
Duty Trucking" and "Truck Sales
& Leasing" magazines.
From there “Cabover”
got into commercial truck sales and fleet
and warehouse management, but all the while
kept his commercial driver's license current
and continued to drive at every possible opportunity.
The call of trucking the open road
got to him again and he once again got back
into Big Time trucking.
An award-winning trucking journalist
and frequent transportation industry speaker,
“Cabover” is an involved member
of the industry, actively participating in
a number of trade associations and groups.
He helped found both the Used Truck Association
and the Truck Writers of North America.
“Cabover” was one of
the two original co-hosts of "Truck Talk,"
which airs within the "Bill Mack Trucking
Cabover's diverse background includes
field reporting and commentating for the cable
television program, "The American Trucking
Report;" hosting a nightly program for
truckers on the former Interstate Radio Network;
and reporting and hosting for the American
Transportation Television Network (ATTN),
a private television network with programming
aimed specifically at truck drivers.
In 1988, “Cabover” Kolman
was elected to sit on the Board of Director's
at Ol' Blue, USA.
In late 1999, Governor Paul Patton
of Kentucky, entitling him membership in the
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonel, a non-profit
charitable organization and commissioned “Cabover”
Kolman an honorary Colonel.