February 11 – Happy Birthday Frank Greco

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They had each run popular Amsterdam service stations back in the day when you only went to a service station to get gas or service your car and somebody actually waited on you. Today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant, Frank Greco ran the popular Market Hill Service Station at the site now occupied by Zanella’s automotive repair business. Jerry Ottatti’s station was on the corner of West Main and Evelyn Street, opposite Russo’s Grill. The two men were friends who had grown up in Amsterdam’s West End and in the early 1970’s, they decided it was time to move up the retail gas business ladder and become distributors. They each kicked in the first letter of their last names to form GO Oil. They became the distributor of Mobil gasoline and oil products to a network of six Amsterdam gas stations, which included both their respective stations. Their timing couldn’t have been better. Within a few years…

I’ve already started work on the second volume of “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays” and Frank Greco’s complete story will be featured in it. I will be sharing the complete posts of some of the Volume II birthday celebrants in future issues of the Amsterdam Birthday Blog Newsletter. If you are not yet a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up for free here.

Frank Greco shares his February 11 birthday with one of the best pitchers on the very last Amsterdam Rugmaker team to compete in the Canadian American League.

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