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that it paid them to start running their own Sunday magazine
At that time, however, This Week was very big.
Phyllis wasn't too sure that she wanted me to do another
weekly stint. She said, “You're doing too many things now--
television and “Trade Winds” and book publishing and
lecturing.” Life was proliferating. But I couldn't resist
this new challenge, so I began doing “Cerfboard”--and kept
doing it for over ten years.
Of course with that enormous circulation, This Week
provided another healthy source of income. My income was
just scaring. Money was coming in from all directions.
Did you stop “Trade Winds” when you began “Cerfboard?”
No. For quite a while I did both, but that meant
that every weekend I had two columns on my neck. I'd get
ahead of myself two or three weeks, but that didn't seem to
last very long and there seemed always another deadline to
Besides that, I was doing a daily column feature.
When Try and Stop Me came out in book form, it was bought
by King Features for serialization. When it was finished,
they had several hundred papers signed up and they said,
“Let's go on with the column.” So I had to supply them
with two or three new jokes every day and I'm still doing
that. I send them about ninety stories the first of every
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