Fiction & Fact

Hot on the heels of the Korean outbreak, a scary rumor ran through the Midwest: the giant International Harvester Co. was switching to war production. A Kansas dealer said he had it straight from the home office, and helpfully passed the news on to a reporter. Not till after the story was printed did the facts come out: Harvester had signed a contract for some Army trucks, all right. But the order had been forthcoming for months.

Other jittery rumors that Cadillac, Packard and other automakers were switching to tanks were also flatly...

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