Jack Schrock’s Blog

War is Hell

May 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

There is no such thing as a “good war.” People die, or are maimed for life. Families are destroyed, and the combatants are diminished in other ways. But sometimes there is not an alternative to total war. WWII is a good example when Nazi Germany […]

Words of Wisdom

May 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Over the years I’ve picked up some sage advice from others and I’ve come to call it “Words of Wisdom.” For example, I once worked for an attorney-turned-businessman who told me: ”There ain’t no such thing as a one-sided good deal.” From my mentor, Val […]


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 […]