John H. Burdakin was top manager at three railroads—the Pennsylvania, the Penn Central, and finally the Grand Trunk Western where he was president of the regional carrier from 1974 to 1986. Thanks Will!
He gave his nephew a job at the Grand Trunk Western, the nephew promptly derailed a train by accident, and inexperience
I bet that derailment isn't in the book... I just learned it from an old friend, who is the nephew of the nephew.