U.S. At War: To End Blundering?

To do a job long left undone, Food Czar Claude Wickard last week put the Department of Agriculture on a wartime basis and picked two energetic lieutenants to help him. The job: to end doodling over a food situation that is rapidly getting out of hand. The men: big, shaggy, 38-year-old Roy Frederick Hendrickson, who became Director of Food Distribution; tall, sober, 47-year-old Herbert William ("Parse") Parisius, the new Director of Food Production.

Both men have had wider Departmental and executive experience than their boss. Roy Hendrickson (Iowa-born, Minnesota-educated and Associated Press-trained) in...

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