Hooked on Bluegrass
Henry John Kaiser (1882-1967), American industrialist, was the driving force behind the expansion of his small construction firm into an industrial corporation with assets exceeding $2.7 billion.
Henry Kaiser was born on May 9, 1882, in Sprout Brook, N.Y. He left school at the age of 13 to work, and in 1906 he moved to the West Coast. Sales jobs led him into the construction business, and in 1914 he formed a road-paving firm, which pioneered in the use of heavy construction machinery. His boundless energy, imagination, and optimism were reflected in his company's reputation for speed, efficiency, and economy.
[Note: We know of no reason to think that H.J. was hooked on bluegrass, or for that matter, that he’d ever even heard it played. But we’d like to think that he was a bluegrass fan. Kaiser was certainly an astoundingly dynamic guy, and as you can see from the picture above, he had a great smile. Are there any larger-than-life figures in American history who would have made great fans of our music? Let us know.]
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