Chock full o' commotion

William Black was assuring everyone last week that he was not dead. Eighty plus, yes, but not dead. Afflicted with heart trouble, a bleeding ulcer and a third ailment he will not disclose, yes, but still not dead. Said Black: "I know how Mark Twain must have felt when he stated that reports of his demise had been greatly exaggerated."

Black's message was aimed at fending off dissident shareholders trying to take control of the company he founded in the 1920s, then nursed into a group of nut stores that became Chock Full O' Nuts Corp. The company evolved...

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