“We have an obligation to our men and women overseas—nearly 5,000 in number—who have all been guaranteed jobs when they come home from the service of their country.”
Thomas J. Watson Sr., IBM Systems Service Classes, Endicott, April 9, 1945
When discussing the “reconversion” problem, Tom Watson predicted that the biggest problem wouldn’t be in the reconversion to producing peacetime products but in the reintegration of the men and women who had served overseas.
He was right.
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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.