Business: Jet-Propelled Individualist

The Thompson Trophy Race is as famous among aviators as the Indianapolis Memorial Day race is to daredevils of the track. Sponsor of the race is Cleveland's Thompson Products Co., now the biggest maker of jet engine components before that, the valve producer of the world.

Thompson's boss, Frederick C. (for Coolidge) Crawford, 62, onetime (1943) president of the N.A.M., is as full of zip and noise as a racing engine. In the head-cracking '30s, he defeated every attempt of the C.I.O. or A.F.L. to organize his plants, damned unions and the New Deal. His tart tongue often got him into other...

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