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you think that it would cost?" He said, “I think that we
can do one for about $100,000”--at which point I fell under
the table. I had no such fancy notions;
We began to look into costs and we found out that
Barnhart's was a fair estimate. It was bound to involve
over one hundred people and take two years to do; By this
time I was determined that we were going to do it. We felt
that we would get the money. We felt that we could swing
it. We weren't in the banks for a penny. We hadn't
borrowed one cent. Mr. Hass, the conservative member of
the firm, was opposed because he said that we weren't big
enough and he didn't like the idea of borrowing funds. It
wasn't part of his routine. But ahead we plunged anyhow.
Did you borrow?
It turned out that Barnhart was way off in his
estimate of time and money. It cost pretty close to a
million dollars and took over three years to do. At one
time we were so discouraged by the way that the costs were
mounting that it almost became the greatest college
dictionary from A to M that was ever put out.
Can I ask one question? I don't know the answer so
maybe other people won't. When you make up a dictionary,
how do you go about it? Do you give one person A?
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