PERSONNEL: Like Father, Like Son

At a whistle-stop near Crookston. Minn, one day last week, the brakeman on a Great Northern local turned to the conductor and said: "Well, we got the new boss." "Who?" asked the conductor. "John Budd?" "Yup," said the brakeman, "his father always wanted him to have the job."

At 43, John Budd, son of longtime (1919-32) Great Northern President Ralph Budd, became the second youngest president of a major U.S. railroad.* During summer vacations from Yale Budd worked on a survey gang for the road, became assistant to the Great Northern's chief electrical engineer on graduation in 1930, and in...

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