Personality: The Odyssey of Ross Perot

His odyssey of good will had taken him 35,000 miles, but when Texas Billionaire H. Ross Perot, 39, came home to Dallas last week, he had little to show for his trip. Twelve days earlier, Perot had loaded a chartered Boeing 707 jet—christened Peace on Earth —with Christmas presents and messages for American G.I.s held captive by the North Vietnamese. Another jet, named Goodwill Toward Men, waited vainly in Los Angeles for his call to follow.

Perot's first stop was Bangkok, where he arranged to meet with Hanoi officials in Vientiane, Laos. They refused to allow delivery of the cargo to...