man I have always greatly admired was the late Charles F.
"Boss" Kettering, scientific genius of General
Motors. The creator of the self-starter, the Duco
paint process for automobiles and many other modern
devices, Kettering was one of the most stimulating
thinkers I ever knew.
his aides at General Motors, Kettering often said,
"Problems are the price of progress. Don't
bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens
a dynamic philosophy!
knew another man, the late Harlow B. Andrews of Syracuse,
New York, who had this same kind of approach.
"Let's see what possibilities there are in this
situation," he would say, while others sat around
taking dismal views of everything.
was amazing how often he found possibilities, too, and
then the gloom artists would wonder why they hadn't seen
them. The answer was that the possibilitarian was
always looking for answers and they never were. You
usually find just about what you really look for.
Andrews, whom I like to call a possibilitarian, was a
wholesale grocer, a banker and an inventor. Some say
he invented the electric dishwasher. I recall his
wife complaining about the number of dishes he broke while
experimenting with this "contraption." He
had one of the first supermarkets in the United
States. Years ago, he brought perishable food from
California to Syracuse by fast refrigerator train and sold
it five days later in his store.