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Now, right down the road from Bentonville sits Rogers,Arkansas, which was a good bit bigger town, but I never could operate there because Max Russellowned the Ben Franklin franchise. I tried to talk him into going in with me as a partner and building a bigstore there. But he wasn't interested. "You may not have felt that there is a God, but I have," said his mother, "and I delight to pour forth my very soul to Him whom I know exists, and whom I am satisfied to believe in without proofs save such as I obtain from my own inner consciousness." 免费久久狼人香蕉网,日本三级电影,五月丁香综合缴情六月,波多野结衣中文字幕 "I have been earnestly hoping for an opportunity of seeing you privately, sir, with reference to your daughter, whose hand I desire to seek in marriage." Even though it may surprise some people, I have to say that I consider the time Ron was at thecompany, from 1968 until 1976 (when he left under some fairly unpleasant circumstances for both of us),to be the most important period of development in Wal-Mart's history. We had a good thing goingbefore Ron arrived, but he, and some of the people he brought on board, like Royce Chambers, our firstdata processing manager, gave the company its first sophisticated systems. And those systems were thebeginnings of a management method which allowed us to stay real close to our stores even as our growthexploded. The Wal-Mart story is unique: nothing quite like it has been done before. So maybe by telling it the wayit really happened, we can help some other folks down the line take these same principles and apply themto their dreams and make them come true. "Say," the manager told Blake, "we've got an ex-Penney man right here inNewport. He came in a fewyears ago and really made a big success of it. He doubled sales in his Ben Franklin, he's got two stores,and he's the president of the Chamber of Commerce." And when the manager told him it was SamWalton, old Blake almost fell over. "It can't be the same one I knew inDes Moines," he said. "That fellowcouldn't have amounted to anything." He came next door and we both had a big laugh about it when hesaw that I really was that kid who couldn't write so you could read it.