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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingNovember 07 - November 13, 2018

Towman Dies at Arkansas Job Site

A central Arkansas family is mourning the loss of a loved one after a tragic workplace accident Wednesday. Jerry Davenport was a towman for East End Towing. The company posted on Facebook that the operator died on a job site. It was unclear at press time how Davenport died. Kurstin Smith still can't wrap her mind around what happened to her great-uncle. "He was a very reliable man. Very dependable man," she said. Smith said his body was taken to the Arkansas Crime Lab for an autopsy.
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Towman Honored for Saving Kids

Towman Alexander Gaines was recognized recently in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as being a hero. Gaines helped save a bus full of kids back in September. A vehicle crashed into the back of the bus, then caught fire. Gaines saw it happen and immediately ran to help, putting out the fire with an extinguisher and helping to get the kids off the bus. On Thursday, Gaines was honored by the Sons of the American Revolution with their Heroism Award. "Being able to help people, yeah. It's a good feeling. I'd do it again, man," said Gaines. "I just want to say this is something we respect, we honor, and we need to showcase when it happens," said East Baton Rouge Superintendent Warren Drake. Source:

Town II Awarded Gold Class Status

Town II Auto Body & Towing of Wantage, New Jersey, announced its achievement of Gold Class status for training that contributes to complete and safe repairs. Only 10 percent of collision repair businesses currently meet the rigorous training requirements necessary to earn the Gold Class designation, according to I-CAR, a not-for-profit training organization that awarded the designation. Town II Auto Body & Towing was established by Joseph Pastore in 1956 in Montclair and is run by his son Tom and his wife, Tammy. Source:
Towman Honored for Saving Kids
Extinguished September school bus fire and led kids to safety
Towman Dies at Arkansas Job Site
Unclear how towman died; body with state crime lab for autopsy
Town II Awarded Gold Class Status
Wantage, New Jersey, towing company attains status for training

30th Anniversary This Weekend in Baltimore

Over 270 exhibitors are packing the Baltimore Convention Center as the 30th annual American Towman Exposition opens this Friday from 2–5 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. Attendees will find American Towman's legendary hospitality, events like the Bull & Pig Roast (Miller Rocks!) on Friday evening, and Sunday Pie, Sunday afternoon on the show floor.

The Exposition, created by American Towman Magazine in 1989, is the largest tow show in the world with indoor exhibits spanning 300,000 square feet. Along with the exhibits, towing professionals will find several industry icons at the show: the Towman Monument, the Lifelines Mural, and Hero (towing-theme chopper), plus famous industry personages like wrecker painter, Cecil Burrowes demonstrating his craft, and towing's balladeer, Mike Corbin, performing at Festival Night.
Events kick off Thursday night with the Towman Welcome Cruise and the Captains of Industry Conference with Ron Meyers addressing the Future of Police Towing, and Bill Byers talking on the State of Roadside Safety.
Among the many features of the Exposition, attendees may vote for the Best of Show in the American Wrecker Pageant, choosing from the seventy tow trucks competing. For more information go to ATExpositioncom.
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Blindfold Test

This thought came about because I'm writing while listening to my iPod, identifying jazz musicians as their music comes on. I have more than 20,000 tracks on it—so it's not always a question of familiarity of the track. There are certain things about the way they play that inform me.

Similarly, several jazz publications have a feature called a "blindfold test." They bring in a jazz musician of some renown and play various recorded jazz tracks and the musician has to guess the artist. Oftentimes they're able to guess correctly not only the artist, but also someone else who's playing on that "date" (jazz talk, here) with the artist.

Complete flight of fantasy here: I wonder if such a "blindfold test" could exist for the towing industry? Are there professionals out there who could guess, perhaps from the sound of its operation, what type of tow unit is running? Maybe it would have to be done differently, whereas the towman would actually be blindfolded and be guided around the unit while being allowed to touch various parts to identify it.

Might be something to develop for an upcoming show for attendee participation.

--Charles Duke
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