There are probably more anecdotes about Herb Kelleher, who died Jan. 3 at age 87, than any other airline executive. But it is doubtful the most famous one is accurate. It is about a meeting in 1967 between Kelleher, the lawyer, and Rollin King, his customer. King allegedly drew a triangle on a paper napkin to show the initial Southwest route network between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Southwest was the airline he wanted to set up. “Never did it,” King said in a ...

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