PERSONNEL: Biggest Blow

Few fat men are as restless and tireless as Vincent ("Ben") Bendix. Mercurial but cold-eyed, many-sided in interest but direct in purpose, convivial but shrewd, he burst into the automotive industry nearly 30 years ago with the first practical self-starter. Today few U. S. automobiles drive the roads, few airplanes fly the skies, that do not have his gadgets in them: Bendix starters, radios, brakes, Stromberg as well as Zenith carburetors, Scintilla magnetos.

The man who still heads the companies that sell the world these many devices ought to be a multimillionaire, but last week three creditors filed suit to...