He weighed 325 pounds, used his girth to bump people into place in picket lines and to bounce offending taxicabs into the river.
He ate gargantuan meals, paying $15 to $30 each ($136 to $272 in 2017 dollars).
And he drove a brand-new, bright red Cadillac convertible, a gift. On the front seat lay a shotgun, cleaned, primed and ready to go. A sign on the back bumper read "Clergy" to avoid tickets.
His name was Robert B. "Barney" Baker and he was Hoffa's toughest hoodlum, a twice-convicted thug, once a prizefighter, a strong-arm man on New York docks, a bouncer.
Hoffa sent Barney to Alma to organize my father's Coffey's Transfer.
Dad and Barney argued.
"You know you need signatures from fifty-one per cent of my men," Dad said, "before you can claim to represent them legally."
"Dat don matter." Barney shrugged. "Hoffa sez weeze gonna organize yooze from the top down." The huge thug drew a line with his forefinger from his forehead to his belly as though he had filleted a trout.