Cinema: Lesson in Salesmanship

Willy was a salesman. And for a salesman, there is no rock bottom to the life. He don't put a bolt to a nut, he don't tell you the law or give you medicine. He's a man 'way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back—that's an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple of spots on your hat and you're finished...

—Death of a Salesman

When Salesman Robert Whitney, head of the National Sales Executives organization, heard about this graveside elegy to the American traveling man, he rushed off to...

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