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Leave The Driving To Us

The Bus Driver is a book for children that told the story of Don, the happy-go-lucky bus driver, on an average trip in 1937 from New York to Washington D.C. The actual text painted a pretty sweet picture of the hospitable Don and the joy he brought to his passengers. The illustrations were by Earle Winslow. This is a retelling of the story.

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Buses were clean, modern and streamlined to be aerodynamic. However, passengers had no entertainment devices other than their own imaginations on board.

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The clean, sanitary and safe terminals were enviable. The Washington bus was special because its destination was the center of the world.

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Passengers didn’t mind getting on line since it gave them a chance to meet the others and share bus lore.

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Don zipped through tunnels at high speeds. Apparently, he owed gambling debts to the toll officers.

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Passing like two ships in the night, the driver of the returning bus was not as swift as Don.

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Halfway to Washington, Don announced a rest stop. His voice bellowed through the bus like a fog horn on a tramp steamer.

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Before restrooms were a fixture on lengthy bus rides, Don and his colleagues made numerous rest stops. Getting the passengers back on was like herding cats.

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On this trip, Don takes on a co-driver. It seems, the bus company found out that Don’s bus license had been revoked for another in a list of infractions.

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Ralph, a traveling salesman and self-described toast-master-general, leads the enthusiastic passengers in “100 Bottles of Beer. . . ” Don, becomes agitated.

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Fortunately, the sight of America’s historical capital building calms the passengers, and relieves Don of his negative urges.

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Before departing, Don asks the passenger sitting near him if she’d like a massage. “All part of our fast, clean, helpful service,” he says. “Just leave the driving to me.”

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