Dennis Johnson asked this question:
“I wonder how the opening credits of the show came to be. The song, the split screens, even the font of the lettering is perfect. Very well done! I have never seen another show with such a great opening.”
Great question, Dennis. I’ve rarely been asked that.
It all started with the song!
Once Merle Haggard agreed to write and perform the theme song, I knew I wanted something for the Main Credits that evoked the open road, something that looked like our heroes were traveling down the highway….”big wheels rollin’…. Movin’ On”…. taking them and their big rig all across America.
The editors come up big!
Our editors came up with the split screen idea. It was perfect, depicting lanes on a highway – and movement, always movement. When those images and shifting lines were married with the song, it worked beautifully. For the font I wanted something that had a “bold military” feel that said strong and solid. Again, I credit our editors. They presented me several choices and we selected what you see today. I agree, it’s a title sequence that “pops out” at the viewer. Thanks Dennis for your enthusiasm. I’m very pleased that you like what we presented.
— Barry Weitz