Cameraman In a Hurry

Ever since he was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, hustling, strapping Charles E. Percy has been a young businessman in a hurry. To work his way through college (his banker father had gone broke in the depression), Chuck Percy ran a wholesale business supplying the university's fraternities with food, coal, furniture and linen. He also held two other jobs, and captained the rough, tough water polo team. In the summer vacation of 1937 he took a job at $12 a week in Chicago's Bell & Howell Co. (cameras). For the next 11½ years he was in & out...

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