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Bus Driver’s Revenge

Today of course he would face federal charges for kidnapping, and many, many lawsuits.

Original article here.

See clean transcription below.

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“They’re going to fire bus driver William F. Jackson today but he doesn’t care—he already quit in spectacular fashion.

"Passengers—phooey,” was his battle cry yesterday when he revolted against traffic jams, abusive drivers, supervisors and noisy children and took what someday may be known as “Jacksons’s ride.”

The Chicago Transit Authority driver was inching his bus through Loop traffic, swollen to three times its usual density by the Christmas rush, when he suddenly decided he was sick of it.

He slammed the doors shut and from then on nobody could get off.

“Passengers—phooey,” he muttered darkly.

He rolled out of the busy Loop on his regular route. But when waiting citizens pounded to get into his bus Jackson was aloof. When his angry passengers demanded to be let off he would not relent.

When a company supervisor tried to board the bus at an intersection Jackson ignored him too.

Finally he wheeled the big vehicle into one of the CTA barns, turned off the ignition, and hopped off the bus.

He headed straight for his boss, stared him straight in the eye and announced:

“I quit.”

Wounded CTA officials said, “He can’t quit just like that, but tomorrow we’ll fire him.”
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 12, 2016 | Comments (8)
Category: Annoying Things, Jobs and Occupations, 1950's, Bus, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Ziggin and Zaggin

Back in 2003, the Pittsburgh Port Authority wrote the slogan "Ziggin Zaggin" on nine of its buses. Why ziggin and zaggin? Because, as one resident put it, "A vehicle zigs and zags through the city to pick somebody up. It’s a bus." But recently a driver noticed that if you read the slogan backwards, it spells an offensive word. The city has now announced that the slogans will be promptly removed. [CBS Pittsburgh]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jun 05, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Political Correctness, Bus

The Brown Line

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The number 2 bus runs on number 2 so I figure that's the brown line.

Special Delivery



Perhaps reviewer GE_Pretzel said it best:

Subject: A sedative masquerading as a bus safety film

There are few films that can surpass or even equal the mediocrity of Special Delivery, a horrendously cumbersome safety film for schoolbus operators that fails to captivate. Instead of simply attempting to discuss the fundamentals of schoolbus safety and procedure in a concise, forthright manner, the film's creators place the necessary educational elements within a dry, unengaging story involving Mickey Miller, a recalcitrant little boy who has developed a strong distrust of the local schoolbus and its driver, Bill Marshall. It appears that Mickey has been reading far too many James Fenimore Cooper novels, as he wears a feathered headdress and continually shoots toy arrows at the schoolbus, a vehicle that he refers to as the "white man's stagecoach." Mickey is miffed when he isn't allowed to board the bus because of his age, but shortly after he reaches "age more than five," he and his older sister Millie are taken on a special bus ride by Bill in an effort to gain the young boy's respect. After a mishmash of schoolbus operation information is conveyed during the trip, Mickey alters his attitude and begins to take well to Bill. At the end of the film, however, Bill humiliates a diminutive boy who isn't allowed to ride the bus by calling him "Shorty" right in front of all of the other children. If Bill is striving to establish a rapport with his future passengers, he certainly isn't doing a good job. This lengthy production is quite a chore to watch.

It should be a crime to wear garish horn-rimmed glasses like the ones Millie sports throughout the film.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 10, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: PSA's, Children, 1960's, Mental Health and Insanity, Bus

Railroad Motorbus

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Over recent years the internet has featured several posts about the small automobiles that were adapted to run on railroad tracks and used for inspection purposes.

But I don't believe there's been much coverage of this short-lived scheme that turned street buses into railway vehicles.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 20, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Technology, 1920's, Bus, Trains

The Congrelephant Bus

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[From Life magazine for October 18 1954]


A strange vehicle rolled down Denver's Ivanhoe Street one day last week and pulled to a stop in front of No. 626. It had once been a bus until Mrs. Ellen Harris, G.O.P. candidate for Congress in Colorado's First District, gave it the jawbreaking name of "Congrelephant," and made it over. From the front hung an elephant's trunk spouting smoke. It had a tail and four-foot ears, and big blue eyes were painted on the windshield.

[From Time magazine for October 18 1954]

Surely there is a place for a revived Congrelephant Bus in this election year.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 21, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Politics, 1950's, Bus
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