Politics: Any Other Questions?

Charles Harting Percy, 43, endlessly energetic board chairman of Chicago's camera-making Bell & Howell Co., recently confronted a group of ten Illinois Republican county chairmen. Sounding them out about his aspirations to run next year for Governor, he invited questions. The pros were curious about the little (5 ft. 8 in.) fellow with the vast sense of confidence. "Well, Chuck," asked Putnam County's Jefford Jepson Jr., "what do you know about Putnam County?" With an I'm-glad-you-asked-me-that-question smile, Percy riffled through a black looseleaf notebook. "Well, Jeff," he replied, "in 1960,...

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