Mr. T. Rules the Tower

Long before The A-Team became a hit television show, Sears had its own Mr. T. In a polite and personable way, Chairman Edward Riggs Telling, 65, who is 6 ft. 2 in. and 220 Ibs., can be as tough in his sphere as that big bruiser with the Mandinka haircut. A former colleague recalls that Telling once delivered a friendly but firm ultimatum to the man ager of a money-losing store. "You know your job is on the line," said Telling. "This is September, and I don't see any reason why you can't turn...

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