Nelson's Brain Boys

When Donald Nelson set up his War Production Board, he charted a planning board (his "thinking committee") to anticipate bottlenecks, keep production flowing, find better and faster ways to make arms. After a four-week search for the right men, he named:

Robert Roy Nathan, a whizbang young (33) economist from OPM's statistics division. Tall (6 ft. 1 1/2 in.), husky (some 200 lb.), black-haired Bob Nathan worked his way through University of Pennsylvania as a tutor, reporter, Real Silk stocking salesman, got into defense work via the Department of Commerce and National Resources Planning...

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