Hanging the Moon: The Rollins Rise to Riches

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University of Delaware Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 267 pages
"Employing interviews with those who knew and worked with him, Drury Pifer depicts the world of the Rollins family where doing business has the resonance of a religious vocation. Deep commitment and years of ceaseless labor convert a dream into commercial conquest. Ebullient John and his brother Wayne discover their talent for turning derelict companies into money machines, learning as they go. Starting with absolutely no capital, John borrows just enough to buy his first Ford car franchise in the forties. Working from dark to dark, he adds others.
 

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Contents

Johns World
17
Beginning
23
Hard Lives
35
The Source of Dreams
45
Ideas and Onions
53
Bubbling Optimism
61
The Precipice Is a Path
72
High Explosives
79
Child Development
134
Airheads and Airwaves
144
Making History
153
Old Money and a New Age
159
Developments in Delaware
165
Romancing Jamaica
175
Conversation in Jamaica
188
Nixon
198

Going for Broke
87
Radio Time
94
Like Stepford Wives
100
Everything but the Kitchen Sink
104
Politics and Birds of Passage
111
Mr Henry Tippie
116
High Interest and Tremendous Luck
123
An End to Politics
129
Refining Fires
206
The Hazards of Waste
215
The Rule of Chance
228
End of the Yellow Brick Road
244
Giving Back
253
Old Man of the Sea
258
Index
265
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