(From Malay Mail)
IT was the summer of `65 and two old men were lounging on the deck of John Wayne's yacht, Wild Goose, somewhere in Alaska.
Between fishing and arguing about the spawning habits of trout, they reviewed the businesses that had catapulted them to the pinnacle of their profession.
Eventually, they got around to the topic that was really on their minds.
"If you build it, I'll buy it," Juan Terry Trippe of Pan Am said quietly.
Boeing's William Allen, without batting an eyelid, replied: "If you buy it, I'll build it." And that was how the 747 was born.
To many, this may seem like a cavalier way of doing business, but these men were not rum-sipping hillbillies who couldn't resist a wager. …