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October 19, 2010  |   Comments (1)   |   Post a comment

At 79, veteran bus driver has no plans to retire


PLEASANT HOPE, Mo. — Carl Fisher has been driving a school bus for the local school district for nearly 64 years and plans to continue driving, Springfield's News-Leader reports.

Fisher currently transports high school students to and from classes at Ozarks Technical Community College, but got his start driving a regular route in a 1946 Dodge panel truck when he was 16. His father, also a bus driver and a farmer, needed the help at the time. Fisher is still a farmer, running 90 head of beef cattle.

Drivers for Pleasant Hope Schools are independent contractors, and Fisher owns his own bus and route and carries his own insurance. Under state law, since turning 70, he has been tested each year to maintain the school bus endorsement on his CDL.

Fisher's son JC is a member of the musical group the Texas Tenors, finalists last fall in NBC's "America's Got Talent." Fisher keeps a Texas Tenors poster in his bus. (To see a photo from the News-Leader of Fisher in the driver's seat, click here.)

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What a wonderful tribute to a school bus driver. I think every kid that ever rode a school bus always remembers their driver. I sure do. I used to stay on the bus through his whole route and visit with all the kids. When Chig Patrick got home he would find me still on the bus. He would than have to get in his pick up and drive me home. I never remember him ever being mad at me. Congratulations Carl. My sister sees you on Friday nights at the singing. I am coming some Friday night to meet you and thank you for the Texas Tenors' CD. I love it. Congrats. Linda

Linda Sue Chilton    |    Mar 26, 2011 03:29 PM

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