The 60-Day Man

One day last week a short, sandy-haired man walked into the Dallas Petroleum Club, where million-dollar deals are finished as smoothly as juleps. Fellow club members took in his getup — brown suit, blue shirt, a screaming green-&-yellow tie. They also caught the gunning look which Clinton Williams Murchison's eyes get when he has closed a deal.

Even for Clint Murchison (pronounced Murkison), the deals had been flying fast. He had 1) clinched an $800,000 bargain to build a 36-mile natural gas pipeline to Monterrey to tap the rich Mission fields cf Mexico; 2) launched a $1,000,000 rental-housing project in Dallas;...

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