Smith recounts early years in Scranton, PA, attended Wharton School extension, entered military during World War II; became a munitions expert (co-authored first textbook on rockets for West Point). Became interested in engineering. Attended Lehigh (B.S. 1948). Numerous job offers, chose to work at Hershey Chocolate. Describes relationship of Hershey entities, his perception that what M.S. Hershey really stood for was not always understood. First assignment was to upgrade plant operations, describes power plant. Comments on inefficiency of steam condensing. Involvement with Dr. Richard Foose and water problems. 1953 strike stories. Machinery at chocolate plant originally used in other industries, modified by Hershey. Needs of 1960s, trips to Europe, Mars Candy Company, industrial secrecy.