Jack Schrock’s Blog


May 9th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

We are beginning the lengthy process of “downsizing” and I suppose that means different things to different people. For us today, it means we don’t need a large home sitting on an acre of St. Augustine grass (that drinks water in the summertime) and everything […]


May 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Recently I had to make an out of town consulting trip. It was too far to drive so I flew. It’s a long story but I’ll try to make it short: At 2:00 a.m. the morning of my departure the airline called to tell me […]

More on Gizmos

Apr 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

I have a restored 1956 Ford F100 pickup that has only three knobs on the dash, which are: headlights, manual choke and windshield wipers. My wife’s rice rocket has so many gizmo controls I have to search to find the fog light switch, much less […]

Lonnie Ferrill

Apr 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

I recall writing about this tower in an earlier blog. To refresh our memories, he was one of my first calls in a new Holmes 600 wrecker, all bright and shiny and painted red and white. Lonnie had just bought the wrecker business when I […]

Understanding Cost

Apr 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

When you buy a new wrecker or carrier, the greatest cost is not maintenance, insurance, fuel or a total of all three — it is depreciation. So towers would be well advised to look carefully at depreciation before making a capital purchase. Generally speaking, manufactured […]

Old Fords

Mar 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

You may recall that I once wrote about buying a 1956 spanking new Ford F100 pickup for $1,694 or maybe it was $1,964. Anyway it was a lot of money for a young guy just starting out. Soon thereafter, I fell asleep on the freeway […]

Daddy’s Business

Mar 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

I don’t know what the stats are but I do know that it is difficult for one generation to follow another in the family business. I have seen many young towers grow up to take over and successfully run the family business. But I’ve also […]


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

When my Dad first joined Holmes following WWII, to our knowledge there were no industry “trainers.” When I joined the firm in the 60s the only hint of organized training came from Bill Jackson from England. Thereafter, a major tower from Indianapolis, Ross Kinman, started […]

Volume 4 Number 4

Mar 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Cleaning out boxes stored in the attic we found pictures, scrapbooks and yes, a Tow Times magazine that brought the past alive. That magazine gave us a glimpse into the past of T & R some 27 years ago. For example: The cover was a […]


Feb 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

In 1968 my folks bought a new four-door Lincoln Town Car. My mother was about five feet tall and probably didn’t weigh a hundred pounds and was challenged just to open and close the driver’s door on this car. And the driver’s seat would barely […]