Jack Schrock’s Blog

Competition

Jan 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

It’s challenging to compete with somebody who’s in the process of going broke and doesn’t even know it. Unfortunately, far too many towers are caught in that process since up to a quarter of their competitors can come and go annually. So just how can […]



Two Harry’s

Jan 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

One of my very favorite topics is the towing museum in Chattanooga. Cheryl Mish is the Executive Director and is largely responsible for managing the program’s success. Today, the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. includes a museum chuck full of […]



Celebration

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

We have children and grandchildren scattered across Texas from north to south to the Gulf coast, so getting together for the holidays has always been tricky. But this year we tried something new. Everybody celebrated their holiday at their respective homes with friends and family […]



New Neighbors

Dec 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

In the late 60s we moved from the Mississippi coast to Sherman, Texas in order to be more centered in my territory. (Besides, Sherman was only ten miles from Lake Texoma, a racing destination for sailors all across America.) The first factory demo I bought […]



Gin Pole

Dec 20th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Just a few words to offer some background information on the sometimes-tawdry reputation of T & R: As the automobile industry emerged early in the 20th century, there were no salvage yards standing by to process wrecked vehicles. Neither were there suitable vehicles for recovery […]



Saving Lives

Dec 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Every month one or more towers are killed in the line of duty. The most familiar scenario is working alongside a freeway or busy highway to retrieve or load a casualty. Having been caught in this situation I can appreciate the need to keep one […]



Teach and Preach

Nov 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

As we all know, T & R is, for the most part, a self-regulated industry. Unlike our British cousins, a young driver only needs a worn-out 440 and the will to go into business and it’s done. And with that accomplished, he can even get […]



Wreckers Revisited

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

There is a misconception that all you have to do is buy and wrecker and you will somehow become successful. To put that another way, some seem to believe that wreckers alone make more money than you can spend. Going back to the early days, […]



Distractions

Nov 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

The other night my attention was drawn to a nearby residence that was surrounded by 14 emergency vehicles — all with flashing red, blue and white strobes. I am not suggesting that they were not all necessary, though it did seem excessive. I am suggesting […]



Chicken and Feathers

Nov 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Last July I spent a good part of a night with two hospitalized friends. One had a stroke and the other a heart “event.” Both were awaiting further tests and therefore confined to the hospital overnight. And, this particular hospital is actually a health care […]