Jan. 13, 1979 That’s Ed Froehlich hoisting shovelfuls in front of his Central Park Avenue home, Jan. 13, 1979, a full year before he would assume leadership of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 race. “We didn’t have a snow blower,” Froehlich recalled Tuesday. He remembers trudging through closed streets to VanderVeer Botanical Park buried beneath 4-foot drifts. Froehlich now has a snowblower, “but I haven’t started it in two years. I’m not sure if it will start.”