CHAPTER 5

Veracity, Visibility, and Validity

Every morning, John W. Hill, a lean and wiry man with soft, blue eyes, can be observed walking from his home at 74th and Park Avenue to his office at 42nd Street and Third Avenue. He walks at least five miles a day and spends eight hours daily at his job, and often is required to put in more time. At 72 years of age, when many men are content to spend their time idling in the sun or beside a fireplace, he is actively overseeing one of the busiest and most successful enterprises in the nation.1

So started a biography produced by the enterprise in question—Hill & Knowlton, the public relations agency founded by the “lean man with the soft blue eyes” whose clients at the time produced 10 percent of everything ...

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