BUSINESS ABROAD: Man from Easy Street

Ever since he first wooed the future Mrs. Graham with a mid-Depression vow ("Stick with me and we'll be on Easy Street"), Wichita's lively William L. Graham has been making the promise come true. He began with a $200 bank loan in 1936, and at 46 he is worth an estimated $20 million in Kansas oil and real estate. Along the way his talents for enterprise and friendship proved so overpowering that he once sold the late Dale Carnegie a house in Wichita an hour after they met. ("If I couldn't be myself," said Carnegie, "I'd want to be...

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