PRINT Summer 1981

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“BUSINESS COULD HOLD ART exhibitions to tell its own story.” William B. Renner, president of the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), proposed this salutary measure in an address to the American Advertising Federation in June, 1977.1 He was prompted to make this suggestion by the hostility to which he and his peers claim to have been subjected in the post-Watergate period. Don Stroetzel, a public relations officer of Mobil, the second largest U.S. oil company, joined him in 1979, complaining: “No longer is it possible to rely on Washington’s basic sympathy for business as a protection against damaging legislation and regulation.”2

This was hardly an adequate description of political reality two years ago. However, the Mobil man’s wail that “other voices are often stronger at the polling places”3 has clearly been proven to be unjustified by the ascent to power of the Moral Majority only one

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