Gliding on the Ice
Fame gives an ice road trucker a chance to stretch his talents
Ice Road Trucker Alex Debogorski doesn’t mind hard work to earn money for his family. “You crank the organ and I’ll be the monkey,” he says. “Now I’m working on this movie star thing.”
Debogorski, a true ice road trucker for more than 26 years, has a bit of celebrity thanks the History Channel’s hit reality show Ice Road Truckers. He has proven to be a real character over the past four years of the show. His talents include writing song lyrics, including a song called “Ice Road Truckers,” and penning columns for his local paper in Yellowknife, part of the Northwest Territories of Canada.
This fall an offshoot of the series that made him a star debuts. Ice Road Truckers: Himalayas brings him to India, where he trades driving on ice for sharing the road with travelers on elephants and buffalo. He says it’s another form of extreme trucking.
“They do have rules there,” Debogorski says. “but the difference is that the rules don’t seem to apply.”
Debogorski’s first book, King of the Road: Tales from a Legendary Ice Road Trucker, is due out mid-October. He included both Driver Alex and real-life Alex stories to entertain readers.
“I did a lot of stupid stuff and people are going to think I’m really foolish,” said Debogorski. “What I’m really hoping is that people get a good chuckle from it. Maybe a few belly laughs too, from the dumb stuff a guy has done in his life.”
That’s the past though. A father of 11 and grandfather of nine, Debogorski has settled down quite a bit. “The good Lord said I wouldn’t be a movie star at 30 because I would do too much damage,” he figures. “So he waited until I was 60. The good thing about being older is that you don’t have enough steam to sin anymore. Oh, but if I have to, I’ll scrap.”
You can bet his fans will cheer him on.