Tom Czaban, kneeling right, proprietor of Czaban Motors on Freeman’s Bridge Road in Glenville, and pals Dennis Schaefer, left, and John Vogel, show off hubcaps collected in February 1978. Potholes in the road had liberated caps from their vehicles.
Tom Czaban had a heart when it came to hubcaps. During the winter of 1978, a large pothole in front of his Freeman’s Bridge Road business caused shakedowns for dozens of wheel covers. Czaban and friends Dennis Schaefer and John Vogel picked up the hubcaps, and Czaban made the accessories an advertised special in front of his used-car lot.
Czaban put up a sign for motorists whose cars and trucks had sustained bumps and losses — hubcap retrieval was free.
For other people, valentine hearts, clearning fire hydrants, writing and participating in the school color guard were big deals.