Henry Ford's Compromise

	It was a sweltering August day when the Greenberg brothers entered the posh
	Dearborn, Michigan offices of the notoriously anti-Semitic car-maker, Henry

	"Mr. Ford," announced Hyman Greenberg, the eldest of the three, "we have a
	remarkable invention that will revolutionize the automobile industry. "
	Ford looked skeptical, but their threats to offer it to the competition kept
	his interest piqued. "We would like to demonstrate it to you in person."
	After a little cajoling, they brought Mr. Ford outside and asked him to
	enter a black Edsel that was parked in front of the building.

	Norman Greenberg, the middle brother, opened the door of the car. "Please
	step inside Mr. Ford."

	"What!" shouted the tycoon, "are you crazy?  It must be two hundred degrees
	in that car!"

	"It is," smiled the youngest brother, Max, "but sit down, Mr. Ford, and push
	the white button." 

	Intrigued, Ford pushed the button.  All of a sudden a whoosh of freezing air
	started blowing from vents all around the car, and within seconds the
	automobile was not only comfortable, it was quite cool!
	"This is amazing!" exclaimed Ford. "How much do you want for the patent?"

	Norman spoke up.  "The price is one million dollars."  Then he paused, "And
	there is something else.  We want the name 'Greenberg Brothers Air
	Conditioning' to be stamped right next to the Ford logo."

	"Money is no problem," retorted Ford, "but no way will I have a 'Jew-name'
	next to my logo on my cars!"  

	They haggled back and forth for a while and finally they settled.  One and
	one half million dollars, and the name Greenberg would be left off.
	However, the first names of the Greenberg brothers would be forever
	emblazoned upon the console of every Ford air conditioning system.

	And that is why today, whenever you enter a Ford vehicle you will see those
	three names clearly defined on the air-conditioning control panel: HI --

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