Norwich, Connecticut: Big Bob the Muffler ManA cowboy of strip-mall commerce, and carries a flag. 22 ft. tall, and the cowboy's pedestal makes him seem taller. His store has him painted on the side of its delivery truck.
Visitor Tips and News About Big Bob the Muffler Man
I'm the owner of the Surplus Unlimited Muffler Man, which was purchased from Al Cohen, a personal friend of our family, for a family business that started 28 yrs. ago. We needed something outside to attract people to the ONE store in the shopping center then, and it was decided that we would put Muffler Man there because I had admired him since I was a child at Al Cohen's business.
From day one he has always held the American flag -- well before 9/11. Muffler Man is securely tied down with cables to our building, since we have had many people try to attempt to knock him over by accessing the roof, so we have found good ways to keep him safe.[susan matera, 01/17/2010]
The Muffler Man outside of Surplus Unlimited is still up and going strong.[Dave Cholewa, 01/28/2009]
The statue used to be on the other side of town, on the corner of Central Avenue, in the Greenville section of Norwich, and was owned by a fellow named Alex Cohen. He had the statue in front of a building that was originally a trolley or bus terminal, and during the early 1960s (I think) he used to have a place that was all set up for teenagers, with amusements etc. But the city closed him down, and later he used it as a junk shop. We believe that the statue was sold at during the mid-1980s after Alex Cohen's death.[Brian and Toni, 04/17/2006]
The Muffler Man is still there in Norwich. He still waves an American flag, patriot that he is.[Dan Coulter, 12/26/2005]
A cowboy holding an American Flag, in front of Surplus Unlimited. I was told that around the 70s, he was located across town.[Irma Carper Miller, 05/18/2001]