Has Edward E. "Fast Eddie" Crutchfield matured into a responsible elder statesman, more concerned with stock price than asset size?

The chairman and CEO of First Union Corp. certainly gives every impression that his dealmaking days are behind him. Those transactions, 55 at last count, took First Union from $20 billion in assets to $127 billion in just 10 years and created the nation's seventh-largest bank, with branches from Connecticut to Florida.

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