They Whistled and Won

Bill McKay and Harry Williams were company men and proud of it. Vice presidents at Ashland Oil, they had a combined 35 years of experience in the oil business. McKay earned $150,000 a year and lived with his wife and two children in a handsome four-bedroom brick house in Russell, Ky., a quiet neighborhood less than a mile from company headquarters. Williams, who lived nearby, frequently traveled to New York City and Washington as Ashland's executive in charge of corporate lobbying. In 1983, however, the two men felt they had to blow the whistle on their employer: they told federal investigators...

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