HOTELS: He Knew What They Wanted

"Get a hotel. Go down and stand in the lobby. Soon people will come to you and tell you how to run your business. Then do what they tell you to."

That was his formula, though it took Poughkeepsie-born Lucius Messenger Boomer a while to get the hotel to prove it. He was a stenographer, a bookkeeper and a part-time law student until his eyes failed. He got a job as a roustabout, pushing barrels around the basement of the old Oriental Hotel at Manhattan Beach, and then he decided on the hotel business...

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