[PW] FedEx Anecdote (Quotation Query #748)
fred.shapiro at yale.edu
Sun May 15 08:13:21 PDT 2016
There is a famous anecdote about FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith. Wikipedia tells it as follows:
"In 1962, Smith entered Yale University. While attending Yale, he wrote a paper for an economics class, outlining overnight delivery service in a computer information age. Folklore suggests that he received a C for this paper, although in a later interview he claims that he told a reporter, 'I don't know what grade, probably made my usual C,' while other tales suggest that his professor told him that, in order for him to get a C, the idea had to be feasible. The paper became the idea of FedEx ..."
I am interested in tracing the earliest version of this anecdote, and would welcome any information about primary or secondary sources for early versions.
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