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by your wife or anybody else--and actually getting paid for
it! But I found that I did not like the way Mr. Leigh did
Then, luckily for me, I signed up with the Lee Keedick
Agency. Lee Keedick is dead. His son, Bob Keedick, owns the
agency and there's a lady there named Elizabeth Shenck, who
has been a very important person in my life. She takes care
of all of my lecture activities and is absolutely wonderful.
I became a top lecturer, getting very high fees, although I
wasn't when I started because you have to work your way up
like you do in the theater. I then brought to Keedick lots
of other people. One was Kitty Hart, who has now become a
very successful lecturer. They already had John Mason Brown
and Norman Cousins. In fact, I guess it was Norman, when I
was grumbling about Colston Leigh, who said, “Why don't you
go to my bureau, Lee Keedick.” At that time John Mason Brown
was the biggest lecturer in the United States; and Brown,
Cousins, and I made quite a triumvirate. We would boost
each other on lectures, and we would get each other dates.
If you do a good lecture, one of the first questions they'll
ask you is “Who do you suggest we get for next year?" So
we were able to do each other good turns.
The lecture business is a very peculiar one. The
standard commission that the lecture agent gets is one-third
of what you get--one-third, not ten per cent like agents in
the theater or literary agents. They get thirty-three and
a third per cent and you have to pay your own expenses.
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