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Adamson's class studys working world of transportation

Friday, January 24, 2003

Jackson Township Elementary School students, teachers, support staff and bus drivers toured a 45-foot entertainer coach owned and driven by Marvin Clarke of Northern Gold Coaches from Bowling Green earlier this month.

Marilyn Adamson's second grade class was studying a social studies unit about the working world of transportation. Clarke, Adamson's brother, has owned and driven busses since 1991.

As an owner, he said it is an unusual business in the Midwest and because it is unfamiliar to most people in the area, it has taken a long time to get established.

As an entertainer coach driver, he is on the road about 275 days a year and travels from New York to California and from Canada to Florida several times throughout the year. He spoke of places he'd seen in the United States and Canada and told about some of the people he has met. Some of the famous entertainers Clarke has driven include Mel Tillis, Ricky Skaggs, Cherri' Austin, Sons of the Desert, Aaron Neville, H20, Kid Rock, John Mellencamp and Ted Nugent.

The 2002 H-3 Prevost Entertainer Coach is only seven months old and already has 60,000 miles. It holds 265 gallons of fuel and when driving bands, it will normally pull a 16-foot trailer to hold equipment. The kitchen has a full-sized refrigerator, microwave and sink. Clarke said the crock pot and bread maker were big hits for the bands. The dining area expands with a slide-out when the coach is stationary.

Pull-down TVs are in each of the 12 bunks. A television is at both the front and rear of the coach with separate satellite tracking receivers. Students were curious as to how the entertainers kept from falling out of the bunks while the bus was moving. Clarke told them the driver had to be very cautious and not make any sudden moves or stops.

He owns three entertainment coaches and his son, Jeremey, also drives. Other drivers come and go, he said, but his youngest son has expressed an interest.

Clarke is currently driving for a 47-day tour with punk rock band Finch, who he said are a great bunch of young kids just out of high school from southern California that have sold out several of their concerts.

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