PERSONNEL: Youth for G.M.

Back in 1933, the late William S. Knudsen, then General Motors executive vice president, telephoned one of his bright young men to ask if he would like to take over as general manager of the floundering Buick Division. Back came the answer from Harlow ("Red") Curtice: "When?" Recently Red Curtice, now G.M. president, got a chance to repay the offer. Phoning Bill Knudsen's son, Semon ("Bunky") Knudsen, he asked: "Like to take over as general manager of Pontiac?" Came the reply: "When?"

The change, announced last week, triggered a youth movement in G.M.'s...

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