If you have me on Facebook than you already know that I got a chance to meet Alex Debogorski from Ice Road Truckers at a book signing he was doing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, Ohio last night. He has written a book about his life called “King of the Road: True Tales from a Legendary Ice Road Trucker “. I’ve just started reading it but it has been entertaining so far.
He was schedule to begin at 7:00 PM last night but according to the lady at the bookstore that was running things, he actually showed up around 4:00 PM. He was hanging out, signing books and chatting with people and taking pictures with them. At about 8:00 PM after signing all the books, he spoke to the crowd for about 40 minutes. He talked about his life a little. He talked a little about his parents and their Polish heritage and what it was like for his parents and grandparents in Poland during WWII. He talked about his family (11 kids and they are expecting their 11th grandkid). He talked about his views on life. He spoke a little bit about the Northwest Territories in Canada where he lives (twice the size of Texas but only has around 40,000 people – 18,000 or so in Yellowknife…I believe is what he said).
It was really interesting to hear him speak. The show kind of portrays him as a country hick but he is really insightful and very knowledgeable. When he was speaking he seemed to be just speaking from off the top of his head. No note cards or anything. He took some questions at the end and they would get him going again.
He was very entertaining to talk to and to hear him speak and yes we heard his trademark laugh many times through the night.