Philip Caldwell, the first Ford Motor Co. CEO who wasnt a member of the Ford family, had a glimpse of his future in 1939.
As a college student on spring break, Caldwell went to Long Island to observe preparations for the Worlds Fair. Noticing a commotion, Caldwell recalls, he asked a workman what was happening and was told that Henry Ford was inspecting his companys exhibit. Caldwell joined the crowd.
Today he cherishes a photograph of the event with himself in the background and Henry, Edsel and Henry Ford II in the foreground. It was the only time he saw the legendary founder of the company he would one day lead.
Caldwell, 83, was interviewed by Dave Guilford.