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by a man named Darryl Zanuck. Darryl Zanuck was already
the head of Twentieth Century Fox, and he was a colonel in
the War. We published his book and had a very big sale
because Twentieth Century Fox bought 20,000 copies.
Did they make a movie out of it probably too?
Probably. One wonderful thing I remember. Darryl
Zanuck was always a great one for sending eight-page telegrams.
You know, he would sent a telegram the way some
love-sick girl would write a mushy letter. He had a loud
voice. He smoked great big cigars. Here he was a colonel
when he came back from Tunis to New York, and, before he
went back to Hollywood, he had nothing to do so he'd stay
in my office and talk to me. You could hear him all over
the office. You know, he was fun, but you couldn't do any
work while he was around. But, when he left, I gave him
the galleys of Only the Stars Are Neutral by Quentin Reynolds
to read on the plane back to California. The next morning
I got one of his long, long telegrams. One of the things
that he said was: “It may interest you to know that on
page 141, Quentin Reynolds mentions some hotel in Tobruk
or somewhere in North Africa. It may interest you and
Quentin to know that I was the first American officer to set
foot in this hotel, on the morning of (so-and-so).” And he
gave me some long details about what he had had for
breakfast...all in the telegram.
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