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1. Hallmark was named for its founder Joyce C Hall. He introduced an innovation in the way cards are sold which was instrumental in the company's success. What is the innovation?

2. He was born in Connecticut, 1800, but later moved to Philadelphia where he opened America's first Hardware store. He acquired a reputation for investing in doomed schemes. When Napoleon III awarded him the cross of the Legion of Honour, it had to be delivered to the debtor's prison where he was staying. Who was this person?

3. He has launched a university at Elk Grove Village, Illinois. President Nixon once met him and asked "What is it now, eight or nine billion?" To which he replied, "Mr. President, it is 12 billion." When his company’s market value surpassed U.S. Steel’s, Senator Lloyd Bentson complained ‘Something is wrong with our economy when the stock market is long on _____ and short on steel’ At the age of 72, he acquired the San Diego Padres baseball team. Till the age of 52 he was a peddler of milk-shake machines. Who?

4. He left Kansas and boarded a train to California with $40 in his pocket. When a fellow passenger asked him about his intentions, he said ‘I’m going to direct great Hollywood motion pictures’. After seeing ‘The Jazz Singer’ he wrote to his brother: "I think this is, Old Man, Opportunity rapping at our door. Slap a big mortgage on everything we’ve got and let us go after this thing in the right manner." In 1938, he received honorary degrees from both Harvard and Yale universities, and also accepted an award from the League of Nations. He started the ‘Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow’ center in USA. Who?

5. He set up shop in 1859 as a dry goods trader. The business thrived in 1861 after the outbreak of the US Civil War, when the US Army bought a lot of grain and supplies from him. He was a regular at the Euclid Avenue Baptist Church in Cleveland and served as a Sunday School Superintendent. In 1881, he set up a trust of dozens of companies that controlled  80% of a particular industry. Other industries followed suit and this started off the first ‘Anti-Trust regulations’ in the USA. Who?

6. At a meeting of advertising heads at National Cash Register which was going nowhere, this young Sales Manager jumped to his feet and yelled ‘The trouble with every one of us is that we don't think enough. We don't get paid for working with our feet - we get paid for working with our heads. Any man on the selling force could make two dollars where he now makes one if he would think along the right lines. ‘I Don't Think’ has cost the world millions of dollars’. Who?

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