PERSONALITIES: Bureaucrat with a Bang

At a press briefing marking the first anniversary of President Nixon's New Economic Policy, Donald Rumsfeld, the Cost of Living Council director, paid tribute to an unsung hero of wage-price control, a man "who without question has contributed as much to the design and development and establishment of Phase II as any human being" —one Marvin Kosters.

Marvin who? A slight, dark-haired 39-year-old economist, Kosters is a prime example of the almost invisible bureaucrat who exercises great power. His title is Assistant Director for Planning and Analysis of the COLC, which means he is the man with the figures, the individual...

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