"I guess his vindication had to be the day in 1989 when he walked into a Kmart in Illinois and found thatthey had installed people greeters at their front doors."If people greeters were the only good idea I'd picked up from the associates in the stores over the years,I'd still say that visiting the stores and listening to our folks was one of the most valuable uses of my timeas an executive. But really, our best ideas usually do come from the folks in the stores. Period. I shouldsay, though, that the people greeters were an exception in that I'm not generally disposed to ideas thatrequire adding on people and expenses. What they had was a Ben Franklin variety store inNewport,Arkansasa cotton and railroad town ofabout 7,000 people, in the Mississippi River Delta country of easternArkansas. I remember riding downthere on the train from St. Louis, still wearing my Army uniform with the Sam Browne belt, and walkingdown Front Street to give this storemy dreamthe once-over. A guy fromSt. Louisowned it, and thingsweren't working out at all for him. He was losing money, and he wanted to unload the store as fast as hecould. I realize now that I was the sucker Butler Brothers sent to save him. I was twenty-seven years oldand full of confidence, but I didn't know the first thing about how to evaluate a proposition like this so Ijumped right in with both feet. I bought it for $25,000 $5,000 of our own money and $20,000borrowed from Helen's father. My naivet about contracts and such would later come back to haunt mein a big way. 双色球开奖结果历史记录歷 BILL FIELDS: But while the big guys were leapfrogging from large city to large city, they became so spread out and soinvolved in real estate and zoning laws and city politics that they left huge pockets of business out therefor us. Our growth strategy was born out of necessity, but at least we recognized it as a strategy prettyearly on. We figured we had to build our stores so that our distribution centers, or warehouses, couldtake care of them, but also so those stores could be controlled. We wanted them within reach of ourdistrict managers, and of ourselves here in Bentonville, so we could get out there and look after them. Also month by month fresh indications appeared of the reality of the work going on,鈥攁n inquirer here; a convert there; an abusive Muhammadan softened into gentleness; an ignorant Heathen enlightened; a bigot persuaded; and now and again one coming forward, bravely resolute to undergo Baptism, willing to face the almost inevitable persecution following. All these things were of perpetual occurrence, and they lay very near to Charlotte Tucker鈥檚 heart. The award was presented on the morning of Tuesday, March 17, in the auditorium of the Wal-Martgeneral offices, where Dad had held forth on so many Saturday mornings. The room was filled withseveral hundred of his associates, and their affection for Dad on this special day was particularly moving. CHAPTER IV 鈥楴ov. 13, 1867. 鈥業n nine days we hope to make a day鈥檚 itinerating tour to two villages. There are little schools in them,鈥攏ot of course Christian. The poor women here seem inclined to like me, for which I am thankful. Florrie told me to-day that she thought she would have gone into fits of laughter at what was said of me. My being elderly and unmarried seemed to be giving an impression that I was a kind of saint or faqir,鈥攑erhaps my being thin and wearing my faithful old green dress added to the impression. One woman asked me whether I had eaten anything that day. Florrie thinks that it was from a courteous wish to feed me, if I had not. TOM COUGHLIN: The Lord shall reign victoriously!