A native of Holyoke, Massachusetts, Kennedy worked his way through Dartmouth College and the Yale School of Drama "and came out with a profit." In 1937 he moved to New York; he has lived on the West Side ever since. Among his close friends are some of the merchants and artisans in his area. "They care about theatre and they know we have special problems," he says. "There's Mal the Tailor on West 72nd Street, for example. If I'm doing a play and need something right away, he'll drop everything and take care of me." The sobs came thick on each other after that. WESTSIDER MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN Everybody from the department manager level on up can choose an item of merchandise they want topromotewith big displays or whateverand then we see whose item produces the highest volume. I'vealways thought of the VPI contest not just as a way to stimulate sales, but as a method of teaching ourassociates how to become better merchants, to show them what can be done by picking an item that'savailable and figuring out a creative way to sell it, or buy it, or both. It gives them the opportunity to actthe way we used to in the early days. They can do crazy things, like pick an item and hang it all over atree filled with stuffed monkeys in the middle of the store. Or drive a pickup truck into action alley and fillit with car-washing sponges. He knew that White, Weld had taken public a retail chain called Pamida up in Omaha, so he went to visitthem. He introduced himself to the receptionist as Sam Walton of Wal-Mart storeslike he alwaysdoesand said, 'I want to talk to somebody about taking my company public' She said, 'Oh really, whereare you from' And when he told her Bentonville, Arkansas, she said, 'Well, we have a Mr. Remmelhere, and he's from Arkansas. Perhaps he could help you.' And she introduced him to Buck Remmel,who was from Little Rock."I don't really remember how I met Buck, but Mike might have it right. I remember introducing myself tohim and saying something like, "What are the chances that you folks would be interested in backing us onthis offering" Well, he said he would look at it, and, sure enough, they decided they were interested. Istill think that's one reason the offer was so successful, because at the time White, Weld was one of theleading institutional investment banking firms. Not everyone around here agrees with me, but I'm stickingto my opinion. Oh, Mrs. Errington brings all sorts of tiresome people to see me; she may as well bring a nice person for once in a way. 国产成 人 综合 亚洲,成 人 国产综合,成 人 国产综合 That makes it management's job to listen to those merchandisers out in the stores. We have these buyershere in Bentonville218 of themand we have to remind them all the time that their real job is to supportthe merchants in the stores. Otherwise, you have a headquarters-driven system that's out of touch withthe customers of each particular store, and you end up with a bunch of unsold workboots, overalls, andhunting rifles at the Panama City Beach store, where folks are begging for water guns and fishing rodsand pails and shovels; and at the Panama City store in town you've got a bunch of unsold beach gearstacked up gathering dust. It was always interesting to me that, except for those folks who worked in our company, our stock gotvery little support early on from the folks right here in northwest Arkansas. I always had the feeling thatthe people around here who remembered us when we had one store and three stores, or rememberedme when I was president of the Rotary or the Chamber of Commerce, somehow thought we were doingit with mirrors. They couldn't help but think we were just lucky, that we could not continue long term todo as well as we have done. I don't think it was anything peculiar to this part of the country or me oranything like that. I think it must be human nature that when somebody homegrown gets on to something,the folks around them sometimes are the last to recognize it. Can she really? Will she play to-night? Now when they come home for a visit, it makes them sad that the old town square isn't exactly like it waswhen they left it back in 1954. It's almost like they want their hometown to be stuck in time, anold-fashioned place filled with old-fashioned people doing business the old-fashioned way. Somehow,small-town populations weren't supposed to move out into their own suburbs, and they weren't supposedto go out to the intersections of highways and build malls with lots of free parking. That's just not the waysome of these people remember their old towns. But folks who grew up in big cities feel the same wayabout what's happened to their cities over the last forty or fifty years. A lot of the stores and the movietheaters and the restaurants that they remember loving as kids have boarded up and either gone out ofbusiness or moved to the suburbs too.