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01/04/2022

 


  Remembering John Madden's love of motorcoach travel

Madden, who died Dec. 28, 2021, was also a foremost expert on the flexibility, comfort, and people power of motorcoach travel.
Photo Collage: Bus & Motorcoach News


  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Most of the world is remembering John Madden as a legendary NFL player, coach, TV football analyst and video game entrepreneur.  Madden, who died Dec. 28, 2021, was also a foremost expert on the flexibility, comfort, and people power of motorcoach travel.

In a social media post, Motor Coach Industries (MCI) paid tribute to the sports icon's role in highlighting the benefits of motorcoach travel. For years, he served as the manufacturer's celebrity spokesman.

After Madden retired as head coach of the Super Bowl-winning Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders in 1977, a well-publicized aversion to flying would put him in the first of four MCI "Madden Cruisers" starting in 1987, according to the company..............

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  Vintage buses roll onto movie screens, and museums cash in

The "Gump Bus," as it is known at the museum, is one of several vintage buses owned by museums and private collectors

Photo: The Museum of Bus Transportation (Hershey, PA) and Bus & Motorcoach News


  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

In a touching scene from the 1994 movie "Forrest Gump," Forrest’s girlfriend Jenny is looking out the back window of a 1959 GM TDM 4515 bus, waving and flashing the peace sign at Forrest, who is dressed in his military uniform.

That yellow and green bus also can be seen at The Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which rented the vintage vehicle to the production company that filmed "Forrest Gump." It is one of the more popular buses at the museum, with visitors eager to recreate Jenny’s scene.

The "Gump Bus," as it is known at the museum, is one of several vintage buses owned by museums and private collectors that serve as on-screen transportation for characters in films and television shows broadcast on network TV, streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu, and shown in theaters.........................

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  Enthusiasm for Federal School Bus Funding Reflected at STN EXPO Reno

The movement toward electric vehicles is in full swing in the student transportation industry as evidenced by the technology displayed by bus manufacturers and conversion companies
STN EXPO Reno attendees visit the BYD exhibit Dec 2021. The Chinese manufacturer is the latest to announce
it is entering the electric school bus market. Photo: Taylor Hannon / School Transportation News


    From School Transportation News:

The movement toward electric vehicles is in full swing in the student transportation industry as evidenced by the technology displayed by bus manufacturers and conversion companies at STN EXPO Reno Trade Show.

The event on Dec. 8 proved to be a fitting exclamation point to a comeback educational experience that stressed child safety, the value of employees entrusted with their security, compassion, and the technology that is the adhesive binding these characteristics together...................

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