Business: Mr. Beamish's Little Joke

Utility cohorts in Lehigh and Berks Proceeded to hand Gifford Pinchot the

works.

When stately Journalist Richard Joseph Beamish wrote that jingle for the Philadelphia Record in 1930 the utility whose cohorts he had particularly in mind was big Pennsylvania Power & Light Co. Gifford Pinchot, elected Pennsylvania's Governor despite the "works" from Pennsylvania Power & Light, found a job for Mr. Beamish. As secretary of the Commonwealth, Mr. Beamish had plenty of opportunities to state his views about the public utilities. During the campaign of 1934 he wet his finger, held it...

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