Tales from Simon Ramo

He was a pioneer in microwave research, in systems design and in the management of high-tech corporations, and served on the boards of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlantic Richfield Co. and Times Mirror Co., which owned The Times until 2000.

He plans to publish two new books this month. They're poised for release this month. One, titled "To Wit," is a guide to the value, and pitfalls, of a sense of humor in management. The second book, "Tales From the Top," grew out of a series of lectures on business management he delivered at Caltech and USC.