The Nation: The Keepers of the King

They had no lavish corporate suites, no direct authority over other senior Hughes employees, practically no business experience. They did, however, have two striking advantages: they were, with a single exception, adherents to Mormonism, a religion that embodies Howard Hughes' aversion to drinking and smoking; and they had direct, unlimited access to the king himself. They also never talked; one reporter described them as "men without mouths."

They were Hughes' so-called Mormon Mafia, the six gentlemen in waiting who were recruited by Summa Corp. Vizier Bill Gay, himself a Mormon, and attended the...

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