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INTERVIEW BY PERRY POWELL
DURING MY CAREER as a consultant, I have been able to form many new
acquaintances and friendships. One of
these relationships was with the son of
one of the car wash industry's legends,
John Jurkens. Our professional relationship extended over a lengthy period of
time and I came to know other members
of the Jurkens family as well.
While I was doing work for one of the
sons, Jeff, John passed away. My own
father preceded John by about three
months. Shortly thereafter, Sonny Fazio
passed away. Age and death were silencing a great generation of the car washing
After the relaunch of Washideas.com in
2014, I had the privilege of giving a voice
to John through his children, Jeff, Joel
and Jill, to our listening audience. The
respectful and meaningful way that the
family spoke of this legend, showed that
this family had car washing in it's blood,
through and through.
There were some particular recollections
which these grown, now adult and successful in their own right, children shared with
me during those interviews, which made
John seem 10 feet tall. It seems he came
from the same cut of cloth as other greats
of his generation.
John opened 13 car washes in 13 years to
start his career and then built the Octopus
Car Wash network into a tour de force
which left its mark on the industry. This
interview shows that John was not only a
great car washer but a great humanitarian as well, who enjoyed the respect of his
While it is not possible in a few lines to
frame the extent to which John impacted
his world around him, here are a few
excerpts from that interview that demonstrate the stature of the man.
Perry: How did John get in the business?
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Jeff: Ha, Ha. Reluctantly!
As I understand it, he was in the army
air corp. He had done a stint in WWII as
a B-17 bomber pilot. He went to art school.
Then he was called up to Korea and while
he was in that war, he and his friends were
about to re-up and they came up with a get
rich quick idea.
One guy was not going to re-up, they
were going to pool their money and he was
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Letter from the ICA
By the Numbers
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