Road Stories

 

 

This page is dedicated to the men and women who safely transport Missouri's students to and from school each day.  If you have a driver or attendant in your district who you feel deserves special recognition - whether for a milestone anniversary, or for service "above and beyond" the call of duty - please contact Shirley Francis, MAPT Executive Director, to submit your story. 

 

 

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!

The pupil transportation industry is rife with stories of dedicated men and women who have given many years of service to multiple generations of students.  The world record-holder is right here in Missouri.

 

 

Carl Fisher drove a school bus for a long time.  So long, in fact, that he is in the Guinness Book of World Records

as the longest-serving school bus driver in the world. The following paragraph appears on their website, http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-4000/longest-career-as-a-bus-driver/

 

Carl Fisher (USA, b. 12 December 1930) has been driving a school bus in Pleasant Hope, Missouri, USA since 1946. He still drives high school students to Ozark Technical College daily, as of December 2010.  Carl first started driving the school bus shortly after he turned 16 years old on 12 December 1946. His father was a farmer and a bus driver and when Carl turned 16, his father turned the bus driving over to him so he could continue to farm. Carl has estimated to have driven 2 million miles and has owned over twelve different school buses in the last 64 years. He has driven three generations of the same family on many occasions.

 

Since that piece was written for the Guinness website, Carl has retired.  At the end of 2012, with nearly 66 years of service in the same school district, Carl hung up his keys.  A feature article about him appeared on November 16, 2012 on BoliverMONews.com, the on-line publication of the Boliver Herald-Free Press.  Here is a link to that story. 

http://bolivarmonews.com/retired-after-years/article_8da36772-2e8d-11e2-9c9f-001a4bcf887a.html

 

For his many years of service as a school bus driver, Carl will be honored at the 49th Annual M.A.P.T. Conference and Trade Show in Springfield in July.

 

Got a long-term driver in your operation?  Think he or she can make it past 66 years of driving? The challenge is out there:  Catch Carl if you can! .

 

 

    Carl Fisher (in blue shirt) who holds the Guinness Book of World Records title
     as the longest-serving school bus driver in the world. Carl drove a bus for 66
       years before retiring in 2012. With him is M.A.P.T. President Jack Woolf.
                  The picture was taken at Smith's Restaurant in Boliver.

                                www.smithsrestaurant.com/