Celebrating 40 years

The year 1975 was a memorable year in history - for trucking, for OOIDA, and for our nation. Jim Johnston was elected the third president of OOIDA. The world was exploding with new communications technology that allowed truckers to be connected to each other and the world. Jim decided that members needed their own magazine to cover the activities of the fledgling Association and keep truckers in the know. Land Line Magazine was born as the Vietnam War drew to an end, Jimmy Hoffa vanished, Cher divorced Sonny, and work on the Alaskan pipeline began. It's been an incredible 40 years.

Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975.

A former construction worker from the St. Louis, Mo., area, Bob Chandler began building the first Bigfoot in 1975.

Chili's Grill & Bar made its debut on Greenville Avenue in Dallas in March 1975.

"Saturday Night Live" was created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on Oct. 11, 1975, under the original title "NBC's Saturday Night."

"Wheel of Fortune" premiered as a daytime series on NBC on Jan. 6, 1975.

President Ford escapes assassination attempt in Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 5. He escapes second assassination attempt in 17 days on Sept. 22.

The McDonald's Big Mac commercial featuring the famous "Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun" song debuted in 1975.

Dozen eggs averaged 79¢

Gallon of milk averaged $1.65

Iron Maiden was formed on Christmas Day 1975 by bassist Steve Harris.

Oakley sunglasses was started by James Jannard in 1975 out of his garage with an initial investment of $300.

Direct U.S. military involvement in Vietnam ended on Aug. 15, 1973. The capture of Saigon by the North Vietnamese Army in April 1975 marked the end of the war.

Gallon of diesel 55¢

"Starsky & Hutch" broadcast between April 30, 1975, and May 15, 1979, on the ABC network.

Dale Earnhardt Sr. ran his first stock car race on May 25, 1975, in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He finished 22nd.

James Riddle "Jimmy" Hoffa vanished in late July 1975 at age 62.

In 1975, C.W. McCall released the album called "Black Bear Road," and the single "Convoy" hit No. 1.