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everybody in our office fell for it. All but our bookkeeper,
that is. Of course, Haas was absolutely exultant because
he had put this over on me. We nearly killed Miller when
he came back.
He was so delighted with faking us that he went home
to fool his two kids. He had two daughters. They're both
married now. They were about twelve and thirteen then. He
walked into the house and bowed low. They just looked up
and said, “Hello, Pop.” They knew him immediately, but he
fooled everybody at our office. It was one of our stand-out
I think that I told you about the controversy I had
with Bob Haas, how we used to spend hours kidding each
other. We had lots of time in those days.
When we just had the Modern Library and a few new
books chosen at random, we used to have bridge and backgammon
tournaments at the office. We also spent hours pitching
cards into a hat.
One time, when the buyer of Macy's came up to see us
and Donald and I were having a big contest pitching cards
into a hat, we said that she'd have to wait because we were
in conference. She wasn't used to waiting. We knew her
awfully well. We were very good friends. She pushed somebody
aside who had told her to wait in the waiting room and
walked right into our office and found Donald sitting on my
desk, jeering, while I was pitching cards. There were cards
all over the floor. Well, we heard a few things from the
buyer from Macy's.
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