"With every privilege there is also an obligation. The obligation for the individual and for corporations which have had an opportunity in this country to make a lot of money is to repay for that privilege by paying taxes and not complaining about it."
Thomas J. Watson Sr., December 5, 1942, IBM Family Event
Or, as my father used to tell me when I was a know-it-all teenager, "Son, God gave you two eyes, two ears, one brain, and a single mouth. Take the hint from Him who created all things: Observe and listen, and then engage your brain before opening your mouth.
To read how Tom Watson was taken to task by Drew Pearson in "The Washington Merry-Go-Round" for his taxpayer statement above, select the button below. You may also find a story of two men listening to each other to resolve a misunderstanding.
Don't we need a little more of this in politics, business and spiritual matters today?
Peter E. Greulich
Pete has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.