It took Mike Chiaponi 20 years, but in 1994 he finally acheived his lifelong dream. Manager of the Shell station on San Bruno just north of Candlestick Park, Chiaponi scraped together $400,000 and bought the business from his boss. With Shell's help, Chiaponi built a thriving fuel-and-repair operation that provided him a comfortable living. Not bad for a kid who started out pumping gas and washing windshields in high school. "Things were great," he says. "This was gonna... More >>>