The old saw “those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it� fits Enron’s disgraced executives like well-worn gloves. Had they studied the history of utilities in America, they would have learned about Samuel Insull, the nation's first and most powerful utility mogul. Had they known his story, perhaps Enron would have taken a different path. And former Enron CEO Ken Lays’s humiliation and demise bears an uncanny and unnerving similarity to Samuel Insull’s final days. In 1879, Insull, a 20-year-old clerk at Vanity Fair's London office, was riding a tramcar when he happened across an article about Thomas Edison in the Times of London. There was also an ad for a part-time stenographer for Edison's agent in London. Insull applied and landed the job ultimately becoming private secretary to Edison’s chief agent in London.