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Cerf:

Yes. And by now I reckon I've done hundreds--all over the country!

Q:

You found that you had time to do it? I mean you are amazing. I don't see how you found the time to do everything.

Cerf:

First of all, Robbin, I've never prepared a lecture in my life. I've never had any notes.

Q:

Not even in your mind?

Cerf:

I have an idea of what I'm going to say, but I get up and talk. I had learned in college from a very, very important gentleman something about lecturing. When I was at the School of Journalism at Columbia, we would get people up to talk to us; and, being the Columbia School of Journalism, we got pretty important people to come up there. Our all-time star attraction was one of my great heroes--Will Rogers. I was the chairman that year.

Q:

Of getting...?

Cerf:

Of bringing up the speakers.

I went down to collect Will Rogers, bringing him up in style to Columbia on the subway. In those days, we weren't fancy at all. He was quite content, and it never occurred to me to take him in a taxi. We came up by subway.



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