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job. Now, I said, “We've got to decide more or less what to
put into this volume. I think that we should have...” I
mentioned three or four things that I thought belonged in
this one-volume selection. To my great pleasure, Hadas
agreed with everything that I said. He enthused, “That's
excellent, an excellent list that you've got there.” He
approved entirely so we shook hands on the deal, walked out
together, and rang the bell for the elevator. While Prof.
Hadas was waiting for the elevator he said, “By the way,
Mr. Cerf, when did you read that piece about Tacitus in the
Encyclopedia Britannica?” I said, “Just before you came,
Prof. Hadas.” He nodded and said, “I wrote it.” No wonder
we agreed on what should go into the volume; It's very
funny. As he got into the elevator, he was chuckling to
himself; and he told that story up on the campus for a long
time. But so did I. We both loved it. I wasn't ashamed.
That's what you learned in journalism--where to look for the
things when you needed them.
I wondered if maybe you wanted to talk about dictionaries.
In October, 1947, the American College Dictionary.... This
is something new in a way. Now, the Random House dictionary,
which has just come out...I mean, I thought that we might
be able to bring it in together.
Well, the whole dictionary thing started in the very
carefully thought out way that I do many things in my life.
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