They Got Their Start in PUF

Senator Hugo Black of Alabama wrote an article in Public Utilities Fortnightly on the changing public attitudes in his day towards utilities. He later became the fifth longest serving Supreme Court justice.

Commissioner David Lilienthal wrote a PUF article while at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. He later became chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, was really the driving force in TVA's creation, and the first chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.

Congressman Everett Dirksen of Illinois wrote a PUF article urging the regulation of housing as a public utility. He later became Senate Minority Leader playing a crucial role in the passage of the civil rights legislation of the 1960s.

E.F. Hutton wrote a PUF article entitled "Let Business Gang Up," to rally the utilities industry and investors against President Franklin Roosevelt's bid for a second term. The article backfired, as FDR pointed to it as evidence that big business opposed him and the popular will. Little matter as Hutton grew one of the most respected financial firms.

Senator Lyndon Johnson of Texas wrote a PUF article about the Federal Power Commission's futile attempts to regulate natural gas production. He later became Senate Majority Leader, Vice President and then President upon the assassination of President John Kennedy.

Congressman Gerald Ford of Michigan wrote a PUF article that same year as the Kennedy assassination, entitled "Transmission Line Regulations." After serving as House Minority Leader, he became Vice President upon the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew and then President upon the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall wrote five PUF articles on the Interior Department's programs affecting the utilities industry. Udall was a pioneer in the environmental movement, writing an influential book, "The Quiet Crisis," and playing a key role in the passage of the Endangered Species Preservation Act and other precedent-setting legislation.

Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas wrote a PUF article, though he's better known as a leading opponent to the Vietnam War, and as the inspiration for the Fulbright fellowships. Dixie Lee Ray wrote an article too, while Chairperson of the Atomic Energy Commission. She then went on to be Governor of Washington state presiding over the volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens.