In the 1911 class, yearbook of Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn) the picture of Hal Stephens Dumas (a graduate at 18) appeared with the caption: "He will be president of the American Telephone & Telegraph Co." Last week Hal Dumas, 58, became the next best thing. He was made executive vice president of the $11.5 billion company, one notch below President Cleo F. Craig (TIME, July 9).

The yearbook prophet had a little advance information: Electrical Engineer Dumas was already signed up to work for A. T. & T.'s Southern Bell. Starting as a $50-a-month trainee, Dumas rose through the...

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