Nation: Into the Red

Moscow to get IBM's Watson

During the Vienna summit, President Carter introduced to President Brezhnev a tall, distinguished white-haired man as the next U.S. Ambassador to Moscow. Brezhnev was delighted. The nominee was Thomas J. Watson Jr., 65, son of the founder of IBM and an innovator who took over the company in 1956 and turned it into the largest computer manufacturer in the world before retiring in 1974 as chairman of the board. What especially pleased Brezhnev and the Soviets about the Watson nomination is the fact that he is a successful businessman...

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