Sequels: Cave Vendor

Part of the quick riches amassed by Bobby Baker while he was Lyndon Johnson's hand-picked— and highly influential—secretary to the Senate's Democratic majority came from a solid-seeming corporate cornerstone. Called the Serv-U Corp., the business has grown with Alger-esque alacrity from an incorporation agreement in 1961 to a multimillion-dollar vending-machine firm retained by several big defense contractors. Last week Serv-U's slots began to turn up full of slugs.

The firm's richest returns for Baker—who is said to own more than 80% of Serv-U—stem from a three-year-old contract, worth some $2,500,000 yearly with North American Aviation Inc., the giant (1964...

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