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they were making up a report on what foreign possibilities
there were. I said, “Well, what do you want from us?" “Well,
we want to determine what the foreign possibilities are for
Random House books.” I said, “We don't need you for that.”
We got rid of these clowns pretty fast, but I'm sure that
they're wasting busy people's time right now in some other
division of RCA.
But RCA is pretty good compared with other companies.
We must have only about seventy-five vice-presidents. Other
companies have about 200, it seems to me. There's one
company they say has thirty-five vice-presidents. Thirty-four
do various things. The thirty-fifth one is there to show
the other thirty-four where the men's room is.
Parkinson's Law, you know, applies to these big corporations.
An old wind bag can always hold on to a job at a big
corporation by brown-nosing the president and the chairman
of the board.
Oh, how do you like board members who do nothing?
Boards of directors are a great haven for retired
generals and college presidents because once they've retired
from military or university posts they've got little to do
but rest on their reputations. You'll find them scattered
all through the top echelons of big corporations, shooting
off their mouths, getting in everybody's way, and drawing
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