Business: M. M. & M.

Diamond Jim Brady, who thought nothing of downing a few dozen oysters as an appetizer for a 15-course dinner, was during his lifetime as famed as a salesman as he was as a gastrophile. If his stomach was gargantuan, his entertainment expenses and the sales that followed were epic. The Brady fable got its pith from Charles A. Moore, founder of Manning, Maxwell & Moore, who took Brady on as a cub salesman in 1879 when the company was only a jobber for railroad supplies, sent Diamond Jim out on the road with instructions...