Business & Finance: Slug-Abed Engineer

Like many another university graduate of 1930, husky, handsome, six-foot Robert Pauli Scherer, with a chemical engineering degree from the University of Michigan did not find it easy to get a job. He could not, for example, take the first job offered because 1) $125 a month was too little, 2) he could not possibly get up in time to get to the plant at 7:30 a.m. Finally he got a job as a chemical engineer, but it blew up inside of three months. So Scherer took to his father's basement and began to...

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