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Trucker Buddy award goes to longtime driver Henry Good

Hank's Highway Hilton, shown here at one of Henry Good's school presentation, is retired but still carries fond memories. (Courtesy: TRUCKER BUDDY)

The Trucker News Services

8/6/2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Henry R. Good has been a big asset to Trucker Buddy for years, or more accurately, decades.

Starting in 1992, he became one of the first Trucker Buddies when Gary King was just beginning the program as a way to keep in touch with his own young children.

Good, a New York native, was a Trucker Buddy until he retired from driving in 2002 because of a non-driving accident, but after years of fighting the complications of the accident he is now fit and back into trucking.

Highway Hank, as all his friends call him, has accepted a driving opportunity with Schneider National and has signed up again for Trucker Buddy.

His next class is going to get a great mentor and teacher, according to Trucker Buddy’s Randy Schwartzenburg.

For his commitment to trucking, Good was presented the Gary King Memorial Award at the 2010 Walcott Truckers Jamboree last month.

Good is nationally and internationally known for his 1981 Kenworth K100C VIT Aerodyne Cabover Kenworth called "Hank's Highway Hilton," a truck he placed in truck beauty contests over the years.

Good even took it to Europe to show off American technology in the early and middle 1990s.

The “Hilton” is retired but still carries with it years of fond memories.

“Hank is a deserving winner.  He knew Gary King well and Gary recruited him when Trucker Buddy was a young organization.  It’s great to have Hank back on the road and back with Trucker Buddy,” Schwartzenburg said.

Trucker Buddy International, an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that helps educate schoolchildren and introduce educators to the trucking industry through the eyes of a professional truck driver.

The Trucker Buddy program helps to educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades 2-8 as supervised by teachers.

After an extensive screening process, the professional truck drivers are matched with a class and as directed by the teacher, drivers share news about their travels with their class.

Students write letters and send pictures to their drivers. Students' skills in reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies, and history are enhanced and learning is fun.

There is no cost to the drivers or teachers to participate in the program, which is funded entirely by sponsorships and donations.

For more information, visit www.truckerbuddy.org.

The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at editor@thetrucker.com.