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Once a week I would interview somebody who had written a
book about the War--either a correspondent or a general or
somebody who had something else to do with the War. We had
on it such people as Quentin Reynolds and John Gunther and a
couple of generals and Darryl Zanuck when he came back from
his expedition. Each week I interviewed somebody.
This was the first time that I met Nan Taylor, Frank
Taylor's wife, who was working on the program. She introduced
me to Frank.
One day I got a telephone call from a Mr. Colston
Leigh, a lecture agent. He said, “I heard you on a couple
of these programs. Did you ever think of lecturing?" I
said, “No. I haven't.” He said, “I think you'd be all right
at it, and you can make quite a lot of money out of lecturing.”
Of course, I was intrigued. The mere thought of talking even
for nothing delights me!
Imagine getting paid for it!
That made it all the better! I said, “I'd certainly
love to try it.” So under Colston Leigh's management I did
a couple of trial runs. I think that the first one was up
at some club in Pelham, New York.
This was in the Forties. You started lecturing that
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