H. Ross Perot

(1930– )

Ross Perot


Looking around for a suitable way of serving the community, Mr. Perot decided that he would give a Christmas present to every American prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. Accordingly, thousands of parcels were wrapped and packed, and a fleet of Boeing 707s was chartered to deliver them to Hanoi. Then the message came from the government of Vietnam — no such gesture could be considered during the course of the bloody war, which was then at its height. Perot argued. The Vietnamese replied that any charity was impossible while American B-52s were devastating Vietnamese villages. “No problem,” Perot replied. He would hire an expert American construction company to rebuild anything the Americans had knocked down.

The puzzled Vietnamese became inscrutable, and declined to continue this dialogue. Christmas drew closer, the parcels remained undelivered. Finally in despair Perot took off in his chartered fleet and flew to Moscow where his aides posted the parcels, one at a time, at the Moscow Central post office. They were delivered intact.


If you see a snake, just kill it — don’t appoint a committee on snakes.

~H. Ross Perot
Biographical Note: 

H. Ross Perot is a U.S. computer millionaire and philanthropist. He was also an independent-party candidate for U.S. president in 1992 and 1996.