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of the points that he had dropped out of his stories. The feud was on.

This was in 1943. In twenty-five years, we haven't talked. We run into each other at least three times a day because he frequents the same places I do and he's at every opening of a show. He's at every big party. He's around with his little notebook. He works very hard. That was the end of our friendship. Then he got Winchell started and for a while the two of them never let up on me.


It never got to the point of court or anything.


At one point, they had something in The Post that I had stolen a story someplace, trying to curry favor with Leonard Lyons. Then I lost my temper. As long as it was Lyons and Winchell, I could handle them because everybody knew that they were columnists and put a lot of bunk in and had personal vendettas by the dozen. But this time I got angry and I went to my lawyer, who went down to The Post. It was obviously a libelous statement. Dolly Schiff said, “What do you want me to do about it?" I said, “I don't want any damages from you. I want one rule. I never want my name mentioned again in Leonard Lyons‘column in any way or shape whatever.” That was the settlement. Since that day, he is not allowed to mention my name. So when he talks about Random House now--he never uses the name Random House even--he will say something about Donald Klopfer's publishing house.

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