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Gas Stations In The Past

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    A SHRADER'S SON 1940s SERVICE STATION PNEUMATIC AIR SERVICE FILM 47404
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    Published on Dec 29, 2016
    Produced by A. Shrader's Son, part of the Scovill Manufacturing Company, this industrial film promotes the use of free air services for automobile service stations, to increase customer loyalty and sales of tires, valve caps, and other equipment. The company, which held the patent on the automobile tire valve, also produced affiliated equipment including air valves, pumps, and automatic pneumatic equipment. Shrader's "certified air service" as presented in the film, was a huge cash cow for the company and its affiliates.

    Founded in 1844 by German immigrant August Schrader, the company’s humble roots began in a small machine shop in Manhattan, New York. Eventually A. Schrader’s Son had a huge factory at 791 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. The growing popularity and improved technology of the bicycle had led to pneumatic tires on bikes. A. Schrader’s Son developed and patented the first pneumatic tire valve, the same valve that is used on every bicycle and automobile tire today. It’s still called a Schrader valve.

    The start of the film shows part of Los Angeles including Black's Indian Store (:37) located on East Adams Street.

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    Old-Gas-Station-30.jpg

    Air hoses hanging up between the pumps...I think.
     
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    Here we go. An old tireflator
     
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    I remember when gas was 29 cents a gallon, you got the air checked and the windshield cleaned. Plus sometimes you got Green Stamps or a Disney glass.
     
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    At Christmas dinner, I was talking air hoses to my 30 year old son.
    When I mentioned the distinctive bell that would ring when you ran over the gas pump air hoses that were laid out to run over, he had absolutely no idea what I was talking about.
     
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    Dang, I can hear that bell in my mind as clear as the last time I heard it. I went to YouTube and
    searched movie scenes with gas stations. Finally about the tenth one I looked at I hit a ding!

    At the 29 second mark. She gives it hell too. back and forth

     
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    Old Gas Stations video slide show Great Songs. Patsy.
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    Published on Aug 14, 2013
    Old Gas Stations video slide show Great Songs.
     
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    GOT GAS ? GAS STATIONS OF OLD
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    Published on Mar 2, 2012
    OLD GAS STATIONS 20S THROUGH 50S
     
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    MOBIL GAS STATIONS. Industrial Film for Service Station Owners. Circa 1960/61
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    Published on Sep 30, 2013
    This piece was made as an "in-house" film for franchise owners and outlines to Mobil Gas Station owners that customer service doesn't stop in bad weather and going the extra mile year round make sure they keep coming back. Great shots of old stations and pumps.
     
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    Old Esso Gas Station Commercials
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    An assortment of old Esso Gas Station Commercials
     
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    Old gas stations
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    Published on Jul 24, 2014
    Old gas stations
     
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    OLD GAS STATIONS - by Tom Hough / SPAR WLB-403
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    OLD GAS STATIONS, A LOT OF THEM ON ROUTE 66, IF THEY BRING BACK MEMORIES ,THEN YOUR OLD, GOOD LUCK......

    Second Video, 8-14-2013. New Gas Stations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHXpKJ...
     
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    Roamin Rich Gives a Tour Of Trogs Old Time Full Service Gas Station. On Route 66
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    Published on Dec 7, 2013
    Dick Trog has been Pumping gas for locals and travelers alike since 1951 on the original alignment of Route 66 through Kirkwood Missouri. His post has been at 3 gas stations in total, but has been at the helm of his latest pump island since 1963. Located in an old Phillips 66 station at 10456 Manchester Road. Dick Trog offers full service fueling, state safety inspections, and the occasional lube service.

    I've told many travelers that Trog's Service is the real deal. If you want to warp back in time to get a first hand look and feel of a nostalgic service station, You have to stop at Trog's Service. His station has all the old tools of the trade, old hydraulic auto lifts, classic soda coolers, and plenty of automobile trinkets.

    Stop in and give Dick a visit. He is one of the friendliest people you will meet on Route 66 in Eastern Missouri.

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    Maybe we should talk Scorp into renaming the forum "Gold is Money Rest and Retirement Home". :D

    I opened my first Shell Service Station in 1969 in Rockville CT, on Route 30. I was all of 26 years old back then. Hand crank pumps to rewind back to $0.00, $0.24 a gallon for regular, $0.28 for Hi Test. Short skirts were just coming into fashion back then and every morning this gal would come in for a $1.00 worth and her windshield would sparkle when she left.

    Thanks for the memory's.
     
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    Texaco Gasoline Supercharged with Petrox: "Exclusively Yours" 1954 The Texas Company
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    "Texaco sales film aimed at Texaco dealers, introducing a new high octane gasoline with the additive "Petrox." Excellent cutaway engine illustrates pistons in use; also good animation of same. Shows advertising in support of product roll-out."

    Reupload of a previously uploaded film with improved video & sound.

    Originally a public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
    The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrox
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    Petrox was a detergent additive used from 1954 to 1989 by Texaco, in its premium-grade "Sky Chief" gasoline. A new plant in Port Arthur, Texas was built to manufacture Petrox. Petrox continued to be used in Texaco's highest-octane gasoline for more than 30 years even after its leaded "Sky Chief" grade was replaced in 1981 by "Super Lead-free Sky Chief", which was renamed "Texaco Super Unleaded" in 1982.

    Due to Petrox lowering the octane of the fuel, it was replaced by "System 3" in 1989, which in turn was succeeded by "Clean System 3" fuels in 1994...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texaco

    Texaco ("The Texas Company") is the name of an American oil retail brand. Its flagship product is its fuel "Texaco with Techron". It also owns the Havoline motor oil brand.

    Texaco was an independent company until its refining operations merged into Chevron Corporation in 2001, at which time most of its station franchises were divested to the Shell Oil Company. It began as the Texas Fuel Company, founded in 1901 in Beaumont, Texas, by Joseph S. Cullinan, Thomas J. Donoghue, Walter Benona Sharp, and Arnold Schlaet upon the discovery of oil at Spindletop. For many years, Texaco was the only company selling gasoline under the same brand name in all 50 US states, as well as Canada, making it the most truly national brand among its competitors. Its current logo features a white star in a red circle (a reference to the lone star of Texas), leading to the long-running advertising jingles "You can trust your car to the man who wears the star" and "Star of the American Road."...

    Texaco gasoline comes with Techron, an additive developed by Chevron, as of 2005, replacing the previous CleanSystem3...

    Texaco was founded in Beaumont, Texas as the Texas Fuel Company in 1901. In 1905, it established an operation in Antwerp, Belgium, under the name Continental Petroleum Company, which it acquired control of in 1913. The next year, Texaco moved to new offices in Houston on the corner of San Jacinto and Rusk. In 1928, Texaco became the first U.S. oil company to sell its gasoline nationwide under one single brand name in all 48 states...

    Later, in 1931, Texaco purchased Indian Oil Company, based in Illinois. This expanded Texaco's refining and marketing base in the Midwest and also gave Texaco the rights to Indian's Havoline motor oil, which became a Texaco product. The next year, Texaco introduced Fire Chief gasoline nationwide, a motor fuel that meets the octane requirements for fire engines. It was promoted through a radio program over NBC hosted by Ed Wynn, called the Texaco Fire Chief. During this time, Texaco also supplied the Nationalist rebels in Spain with a total 3,500,000 barrels (560,000 m3) barrels of oil.

    In 1936, marketing operations east of Suez (including Asia, East Africa, and Australasia) were placed into a joint venture with Standard Oil Company of California -- Socal (Chevron) under the brand name Caltex, in exchange for Socal placing its Bahrain refinery and Arabian oilfields into the venture. The next year, Texaco commissioned industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague to develop a modern service station design. In 1938, Texaco introduced Sky Chief gasoline, a premium grade fuel developed from the ground up as a high-octane gasoline rather than just an ethylized regular product...

    In 1940, the CEO, Torkild Rieber, was forced to resign when his connections with German Nazism, and his supply of oil to the Fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War were made public...

    In 1954, the company added the detergent additive Petrox to its "Sky Chief" gasoline, which was also souped up with higher octane to meet the antiknock needs of new cars with high-compression engines. The next year, Texaco became the sole sponsor of The Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC-TV. In 1959, the Texas Company changed its corporate name to Texaco, Inc...
     
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    Sinclair had a green dinosaur they gave to kids like me...
     
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    1968 (Ca) - Sinclair Gasoline TV Ad
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    1968 (Circa) Sinclair gasoline commercial.

    Encoded by ROMANO-ARCHIVES

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    Sinclair Oil's Family History
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    Published on Mar 8, 2016
    Climb into the attic to uncover some of the gems in Sinclair Oil’s rich 100-year history, as we celebrate the innovative thinking and family values that have brought us this far – and that will continue to drive us for years to come.

    About Sinclair Oil Corporation:
    Sinclair is a privately held Wyoming company with executive offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, and 2,000 employees across several states. Sinclair owns and operates two refineries in Wyoming, along with a network of both crude oil and finished product pipelines and terminals in the Rocky Mountain and midcontinent regions. The company markets fuel in 23 states, supplying high-quality fuels to more than 1,300 branded stations featuring DINOCARE™ TOP TIER™ Gasoline. Sinclair Oil and Gas Company manages its exploration and production portfolios by only participating in major oil and gas development projects in the U.S. Sinclair also owns and operates The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, the Little America hotel chain, The Westgate Hotel in San Diego, Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, and Snowbasin Resort in Utah.

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    Classic Gas Stations
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    http://www.oldridetrader.com - Free classic car classifieds. Buy, sell and trade hot rods, muscle, vintage, collector and exotic cars for sale. Classic gas and service stations from the 1920's, 30's, 40's, 50's 60's and 70's
     
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    1958 Amateur Film: Full-Service Gas Station!
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    YEP, One of my first Summer jobs in high school was as a "Gas Jockey" aka "Full Service". Customers would get mad if you forgot to check the oil after washing their windshield, with three cars backed up waiting to get to the pump island on a 100 degree day.

    Never was happier to see school start and quit that job.
     
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    I was a non working partner in two Shell 'Full service stations' back in the late 60's. We gave incentives to folks like you GB to get under the hood. Not only check the oil but the radiator hoses, fan belts and the old crankcase breather. We offered 5% commission on every product the gas jockey sold.

    That was kinda forward thinking at the time and the gas jockeys loved it as it added to their weekly paycheck. Our parts supplier was blown away, he once commented that he sold more $1.98 crankcase breathers to us than all the other stations combined. We had great return customers which is the key to business, plus we did quite well in the profit column.
     
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    Gilmore Oil's Gas-A-Teria, One of the First Self Serve Gas Stations in Los Angeles, 1948


    The Gilmore gas station was one of the first gas stations in Los Angeles. The first self-service Gilmore gas-a-teria was built in 1948. According to LIFE magazine, in October 1948, some 75 Southern California entrepreneurs listened to the profitable clicking of their gasoline pumps, congratulated themselves warmly. The self-service gas station, California's newest contribution to the drive-in way of life, was a smashing success.

    Barely a year old, the "gas-a-teria," as it has come to be known, is booming because the public has enthusiastically accepted the savings in money (50 on a gallon of gasoline or quart of oil) and time (average self-service stop takes about 90 seconds) which gas-a-terias make possible.

    Motorist drives into the station, usually four times the regular size, pumps his own gas, pours his own oil and checks his own tires. Young ladies, sometimes on roller skates, inspect the amounts registered on the pumps and make change: Occasionally they have problems but they are nothing compared to those of regular gas station owners, some of whose sales gas-a-terias have decreased by 35%.

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    ^^^Roughly speaking a silver quarter got you a gallon of gas or a quart of oil, same as now...^^^^
     
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    I liked one of those last gas stations where the owner listed the price of the gasoline 5 cent , state tax 5 cents, and several other taxes and excise taxes and the FINAL Price was 20.9 cents per gallon.
    That had to be New York or D.C. or California in those days.
     
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    That GILMORE Station had a FIVE cent discount for pumping it yourself. Back then that was a significant discount compared to Three and Five Cent Discounts today.

    S&H Green Stamps anybody remember those ? Some gas stations offered those too.
     
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    B.J.W. = Before Johnson and Welfare.
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    THANKS, In my mind I seen the Yellow Stamps but could not put the name to it. CRS - Can't Remember Sh_t / Stuff
     
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    Yep, did the gas jockey gig for Ashland Oil - Bi-Lo Station. We had a brutal winter that year. I was the only one on duty for a 12+ hour day. Of course, EVERYBODY wanted a fill-up because we were the ONLY station in town still open. 19 below zero out that day. Anyone that needed or wanted oil meant I had to run back inside to get it and even then it flowed real slow because the furnace just couldn't keep up with the cold. When done I was on the edge of frostbite...literally. I got home (2 blocks away), mom drew a hot bath for me and sent my sister down to the liquor store for a pint of Southern Comfort for me, got me into the tub and was handed the bottle and told to take it easy but have at it. Yeah, I was warm anywhere and everywhere I could get warm in a few minutes and relaxed as well.

    When I was a kid hats, gloves and scarves were mostly unnecessary, even went out barefoot in the snow a few times. Working that winter even with gloves, long johns and a hat changed everything for me. To this day my ears and hands just can't tolerate the cold. It was like it made me hypersensitive to the cold.
     
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    Reflections on a truck stop life

    Nearly 60 years ago, a twist of fate detoured James “Jim” Haslam from a football coaching career into running filling stations. And that detour sparked the rise of what is today the Pilot Flying J truck stop network.

    Sep 6, 2017 Sean Kilcarr

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    With a $6,000 investment in a Virginia gas station, James "Jim" Haslam went on to build the $29 billion-plus Pilot Flying J truck stop network. (Photo: Pilot Flying J)

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    To say that James Arthur Haslam II loves football is a little like saying Mount Everest is a big hill.

    Indeed, for most of his young adult life, all Haslam did was live and breathe football 24/7.

    Born Dec. 13, 1930, in Detroit Michigan, into the heart of Great Depression, Haslam recalled in an interview with Fleet Owner that football simply became a way of life for him. His family wound up living in Florida, where he became a standout on the St. Petersburg High School team and eventually got recruited play offensive lineman for the University of Tennessee in 1948, going on to win a national championship with that school in 1951.

    After a stint in the U.S. Army – which included several months in Korea following the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War – Haslam returned to his native Tennessee and quickly received a head coaching job offer for the South Pittsburg High School football team.

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    A former national college champion, now getting a chance to begin building his own coaching career in the sport he loved. What could be better?

    Except there was a catch, Haslam explained – a catch that permanently changed his life’s trajectory.

    “They offered me the job in February [of 1956] but they said they wouldn’t start paying me until the football season began that fall,” he said. “I had a one-year old son at the time so I said no to that.”

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    James Haslam, back in his football playing days.

    Instead, Haslam joined the then joined LaFollette, TN-based Fleet Oil company and after about a year, took over as head of the firm’s new Sail Oil chain of filling stations.

    Yet the desire to truly be his own boss ran deep in Haslam, so he left Sail Oil to start his own company, which he named Pilot Oil Corp., on October 9, 1958 – purchasing his firm’s first filling station in Gate City, VA, for $6,000; a station with just four fuel pumps that also sold cigarettes and soft drinks.

    Over the course of the next six decades, that tiny filling station would eventually grow into the Pilot Flying J truck stop network. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here.

    Back in the late ‘50s, a three-year non-compete agreement with his former employer kept Pilot out of Haslam’s native Tennessee, so he instead focused on building his company’s filling station network throughout Virginia and Kentucky – spending days at a time driving around cities in both states analyzing traffic patterns, trying to divine the optimal spot for new filling station locations.

    By 1965, after growing Pilot’s network to 12 stations, Haslam sold a 50% stake in the company to Marathon Oil, gaining a consistent fuel supply and a $4 million loan to for further expansion – an effort that included adding in convenience stories to the filling station locations. Later, in 1988, he bought out Marathon’s share in his company to return Pilot to his sole control.

    It was in the 1980s that providing diesel fuel to truckers became a core piece of Pilot’s business, Haslam said. He’d been visiting with a friend from his college days, Ken Pritchard, who was operating a “travel center” in Slidell, LA, to serve commercial trucks.

    That facility did a nice piece of business, so Haslam opened a similarly-styled facility under the Pilot name in Corbin KY, in 1981 – adding in Pilot’s convenience store know-how to the mix.

    “We lucked out in a way,” Haslam recalled. “We found we got a lot of business by putting in diesel pumps. So we decided to build a ‘coast-to-coast’ network of travel centers, largely by acquiring other truck stops.”

    The first big move in that direction came in 1994, when Pilot acquired 11 Pro Stop stations, making Pilot the nation's second largest truck stop chain.

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    Left to right: Whitney Haslam-Johnson, Jimmy Haslam, James Haslam. (Photo: Pilot Flying J)


    By 1995, Pilot was operating over 80 travel centers in 33 states and 51 convenience stores in Tennessee and Virginia, and employed over 4,000 people. That year, Haslam became chairman while his eldest son, Jimmy, moved up to CEO – a title Jimmy Haslam still retains today, adding in ownership of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns professional football team for good measure.

    Meanwhile, Haslam’s other son, Bill, stepped up to become Pilot’s president in the late ‘90s. Today, however, Bill Haslam has a very different job – Governor of Tennessee.

    It’s interesting to note that Haslam’s granddaughter, Whitney Haslam-Johnson – the daughter CEO Jimmy Haslam – became the company’s “chief experience officer” back in May. That brings a third generation of the Haslam family – a family with a net worth estimated at $6 billion in total – into its truck stop business.

    “Trucking moves the U.S. economy; without trucks, where would you be?” Haslam said in terms of explaining why his company shifted its focus almost entirely to the truck stop industry back in the ‘80s. “We think we’re a vital part to a vibrant industry, and we really went into it right as it became deregulated, right when lots of new [motor] carriers entered the business.”

    In 2001, Pilot experienced a moment of déjà vu, partnering with Marathon-Ashland – a refinery division of Marathon Oil, later spun off in 2011 – to form Pilot Travel Centers LLC. Two years later, Pilot bought 60 locations from Williams' Travel Centers for $189 million and five years after that repeated history yet again as Pilot bought out Marathon's ownership stake for a cool $700 million, then in turn selling a 47.5% stake to CVC Investments.

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    Finally, in 2010, Pilot merged with bankrupt truck stop chain Flying J to form Pilot Flying J; creating a company that today operates 750 locations in 43 states and six Canadian provinces, employs more than 26,000 , sells over seven billion gallons of fuel annually, and serves more than 1.3 million “guests” per day at its far-flung facilities.

    “Trucking is still made up of mostly small businesses – it’s not dominated by just a few large companies,” Haslam pointed out. “The people running them are hard-working and successful and we love serving them.”

    Despite his company’s obvious success – sales topped $29.2 billion in 2016 and Pilot Flying J is ranked number 14th on the Forbes list of Top 25 privately-owned companies – Haslam said that a business needs two critical ingredients for successful growth. And, for a time, he lacked one of them.

    “You need financial capital and ‘intelligence capital’ to really grow successfully, and the mistake I made for a time is that I acquired too much money to build. The biggest challenge is finding good people,” he explained.

    “We’ve survived a lot of tough situations – the [Arab] oil embargo [of 1973], tire shortages, all sorts of things – and I learned that to be really successful long-term means putting the right people in the right places, training them well, and giving them a game plan for success,” Haslam added. “This isn’t something we do for three hours on a Saturday afternoon; it’s something we need to do 24/7.”

    He also still leans on his football experience gained long ago on the college gridiron to help set the overall philosophy guiding Pilot Flying J, though he readily admits he’s got “a great team of executives” now in place to run the business day-to-day.

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    “It’s all about putting together a game plan and then sticking with it; staying the course long-term no matter what happens in the short term,” Haslam stressed. “The economy goes up and down, but you can’t run a business just based on one bad week or one bad month.”

    When it comes to the specifics of truck stop operations, Haslam reiterates several lessons learned over the nearly 60 years he’s spent in the industry:
    • “To be successful in this business, you have to like people and especially like dealing with truck drivers. They spend a lot of time alone so when they stop to buy fuel or get something to eat, they want to talk. You need to understand them, their work schedules, and their needs.”
    • “You need to make all of our guests feel welcome; when you think about it, we’re not really selling diesel, food, or truck repair services; we’re really in the hospitality business. Our guests will buy those things if they feel welcomed, if the restroom is clean, if the [parking] yard is neat, if the food they ate our location 200 miles down the road was good.”
    • “We try and get all of our new managers out into the store and to the fuel island, to talk to drivers about what they like and don’t like. We need know why they choose to stop here with us and why they will or will not come back.”
    • “Efficiency is critical. Once a driver told us, ‘You are all so busy, I have to wait a lot.’ We laughed at first because, hey, that means we’ve got a lot of business going on. But then we realized waiting means drivers will go somewhere else. We’re losing future business. So we learned we needed to make our fuel islands and stores as efficient as possible so drivers don’t have to wait. ”
    • “Taking care of the customer extends to taking care of their trucks; that’s why we are getting into the shop business. We need to be able to take care of almost all of a truck driver’s needs when they stop at one of our locations.”
    • “Technology is only going to play a larger role in our business. For example, we’re working on a [smartphone] app that will push to a driver what they might need at our truck stop when they are 50 miles or so away; a shower reservation, a reserved parking spot, or a food order. They pull in and there it all is; a one-stop-shop all via their iPhone. Things like that are coming quickly.”
    And as for that long-ago passed-up chance to coach high school football, Haslam has few regrets.

    “When you’re 86 like me, you rarely get to coach football teams anymore,” he laughed. “That’s not true in the business world.”

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    Hey, Fill the Tank! 28 Interesting Vintage Photos Show People Filling Gas Into Their Cars


    Refueling is a common everyday image. How did gas stations and the ways to fill change through the years? Here below are 28 interesting vintage photos of people filling gas into their classic cars in the past.

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