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Q:

You were talking about speaking. We're going to get back to “Books are Bullets.”

Cerf:

Okay, “Books are Bullets.” I did this program every week. That's when I met Quent Reynolds. Several of the people that I met on these programs later became Random House authors. In fact, there were some publishers who didn't want their authors to come on the program. They didn't want to expose them to Bennett Cerf.

Q:

Would you read his book before you'd decide to invite an author?

Cerf:

I would. When I do a job, I do it with all of my heart. If I go and speak for charity to some little school, I will give it just as much attention as if I were talking to 4,000 people and getting paid a lot of money for it. That's why I hate giving my name to committees--charity things--where I'm not going to do a damned thing. I don't like this. I do it sometimes because I'm pressured into it. But often when I become a chairman of some charity drive or something, I intend to do something for it and really work for it. I don't like just letting organizations use your name.

Q:

Would you make up questions?



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