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The New Yorker, he said, “Don't tell me about your friends.
I know that you've got a lot of friends who love you. Tell
me about a few of your enemies.” I said, “I can give you
all of my enemies wrapped into one. If you want to hear
anything bad about me, you just go to see Leonard Lyons and
he will tell you all of the bad things. He has collected
everything about me that is possibly bad.”
Well, they didn't find too much.
Now let's get to WPIX “Books are Bullets,” your first
radio program, I believe.
Yes, that's what started my radio career, such as it
is. It was during World War Two. When the War started, I
was much too old to go into active service. Donald, as I
told you, went to the Air Force, and I kept the home fires
burning at Random House. I was dying to do something.
Finally I hooked up with the Treasury Department on bond
drives. We discovered then, which I had asserted but didn't
quite believe myself, that famous authors could sell bonds
just as well as movie stars. I said, “To some people a famous
author will be as big a drawing card, especially when they
have to talk, as some beautiful little blond with a beautiful
ass. The others are much more fun to look at but not to
listen to. We conceived the idea of sending out a group of
authors who would appear together and all talk for a while.
They couldn't sell bonds. They are no good at that. But you
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