One of the best parts of researching, writing, and publishing the Overland Trains book was building relationships. I am grateful to the two dozen plus individuals that let me into their lives and family’s lives to write these stories. Christmas Eve rolled around and I received a text from Timmy Vessakosol with the following picture.
Virothai “Vic” Vessakosol is featured in the TC-497 chapter, beginning on page 255. Vic’s story with the Overland Trains begins in 1960, when he came to the United States from Thailand. He attended LeTourneau College in 1961 and worked the Alterday Program in the Publications Department. His family developed a relationship with LeTourneau company artist H. D. “Red” Reynolds and went on to represent R. G. LeTourneau, Inc. at the Royal Mining Show in 1966.
If Vic’s son had not reached out two years ago to tell his dad’s story, it is likely that I would be writing this today.