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they all agreed, “You can't possibly do this,” for the very
reasons that I had enumerated. When they said this, I got
my back up although they had only echoed my own objections.
I said to Norman, “Let me do three or four columns and see
what happens.” Well, I started in 1942 or '43 and did it
for fourteen solid years!
When would you write your columns?
At odd moments. You see, it was a column of bits and
pieces so I didn't have to do it all at one time. I'd do a
piece here and a piece there. If some anecdote came along,
I'd write it up. Of course these columns became material
for future books--all of them!
For Tradewinds I invented the character of Mr. Bump,
which I'd use about every three months. Mr. Bump was a
publisher, myself as a matter of fact; and I'd put in some
of my funny experiences and my gripes under the name of
The column caught on. Some publishers indeed raised
hell, but they were publishers who hated me anyway.
When you left it, was it a mutual agreement?
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