A lot of "good ol' boys" do business with Brown Lumber and Building Supply, says Andrew Brown of his family's business in Columbiana, a central Alabama town of 5,000 that's the seat of Shelby County. Most have been around more than 30 years; some were friends of his grandfather, the second Andrew Brown. Now a year out of Auburn University, this fourth Andrew Brown is getting on-the-job schooling. Here's what he knows:
Jack O'Trade--christened by a JAY-K employee--was life size and dressed in contractor duds, leading some citizens to think he was a live human being perhaps stranded on the billboards. Jack first appeared in late December 2005, and soon after, Dean Kelly, owner and president of JAY-K, got a phone call "saying there is a guy still working on the billboard.