O. Winston Link's Famous Photo "Hotshot Eastbound"
Pictured L-R: TDOT Chief of Environment and Planning Ed Cole, "Hotshot Eastbound" subject Willie Allen and TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely
NASHVILLE – It is the most famous transportation photo renowned railroad photographer O. Winston Link ever took and on Wednesday, November 5, one of the subjects of that photo, 75-year-old Willie Allen of Mt. Juliet, finally received a copy of the famed photo. TDOT officials invited Allen to their headquarters office in Nashville Wednesday where he signed copies of the Winston Link photograph, Hotshot Eastbound. TDOT officials also presented Allen with a framed copy of the celebrated shot.
“This photo has been hanging in my office for years, so I was surprised to learn that the man sitting in the convertible now lives in Mt. Juliet and in the same community as our Assistant Director of Design,” said TDOT Chief of Environment and Planning Ed Cole. “When we learned that Mr. Allen didn’t have a copy of the famous photo he is featured in, I took my own copy down from the wall and decided to give it to him.”