Press: The Mary and Bill Story

Off the business page and onto the front page, a new soap opera

A television camera was panning the crowd at the Republican National Convention in Detroit last July when it zoomed in for a closeup of former President Gerald Ford. But wait, who was that handsome couple smiling fondly at each other nearby? Knowledgeable viewers recognized them as William M. Agee, 42, soon-to-be-divorced chairman of the Bendix Corp. in Southfield, Mich., and Mary E. Cunningham, 29, his rapidly promoted vice president for strategic planning. That TV image was the first journalistic glimmer of...

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