Steel: Speaking Out

U.S. Steel Chairman Roger Blough is a hard man to get a rise out of. Through John Kennedy's attack on steel, through price-fixing squabbles with the Government and sniping from stockholders and legislators, Blough has steadfastly stuck to the mild manner, bland words and faint smile that have become his trademarks. At his meetings with the press, he gives only perfunctory answers, usually volunteers nothing. Almost everyone was surprised, therefore, when Blough dropped his usual reticence last week at his quarterly press conference and delivered a firm defense of the steel industry's pricing policies. It came just three weeks...

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