At a dinner in the high-ceilinged ballroom of Philadelphia's Bellevue-Stratford last week, white-thatched Joseph Ridgway ("Uncle Joe") Grundy resigned at 84 as chairman of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association's executive committee. In Pennsylvania, this could be equaled in news value, if not in importance, only by the resignation of Connie Mack from the Athletics.

Joe Grundy had founded P.M.A. 38 years ago and dedicated it to the principle that what is good for industry and Republicanism is good for the state and the country. To Uncle Joe, who was an industrialist himself (as owner of Grundy woolen mills), political contributions...

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