Trucks at Work

Goodbye, Terry

It's been a hard week here at FleetOwner. We lost our web editor and (more importantly) our friend, Terry Nguyen, to a swimming accident -- drowning while on vacation in Florida after being caught in a rip tide.

It's a tragedy on all kinds of levels: not only had he done one helluva job covering trucking on a daily basis for our electronic media products, he did it with aplomb and class. Best thing about Terry, though, was his sense of humor -- I used to kid him mercilessly about his ballroom dancing hobby (and let me be the first to tell you he was GOOD at it), while he took me to task for my horrible taste in music (Metallica, Motorhead, Iron Maiden ... need I go on?) Let me tell you, it's great when you share this kind of friendship with co-workers.

We share a lot of laughs as we go about our daily business here at FleetOwner -- and that's why Terry fit in so well, right from the get go. He also displayed a true willingness to learn everything he could about this industry so he could constantly improve his work -- that's a rare quality these days and it's but one reason I could tell he'd be going places. I just wish the hell you were still here with us. So goodbye, my friend; I leave you with a traditional Irish blessing --

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.