Business: Birthday Message

The president of the world's biggest industrial company was 65, and the citizens of Flint, Mich, gathered to do him honor. As General Motors' Harlow Curtice waited in the wings of Flint's Industrial Mutual Association auditorium, an orchestra played You, Gee, But You're Wonderful, You, and colored balloons floated above the linen-covered tables. Then up stepped Curtice, the very model of a modern American optimist, with some cheery predictions for the future. Said Curtice, who has been more often right than wrong: In 1959 the auto industry will sell about 5,500.000 cars (v. an estimated 4,300,000 in '58), which in turn...

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