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Harvey Rice said, “That's wonderful. I'm going to call up
Wally right away.” I had a rough idea that he might. I
knew that this little gesture would please Wally, and I was
pleased to do it too. Rice called Wally who said, “That's
good news. What did he give? $500? Make it $2,000. I'll
put in $1,500.” So the fund started with $2,000. For the
next several years, I would take out of this money that the
Digest was giving me that I didn't think I deserved quite a
good chunk and add it to this scholarship fund. Wally
always matched it. So today that fund is, I guess, pretty
close to $30,000 and the prize each year is over $1,000.
You knew DeWitt Wallace. As you mentioned, you lived
across the street from him when you were a kid.
I didn't know him. I found out later that we had
lived across the street from each other.
When did you first meet him? Do you remember at all?
I first met Mr. Ralph Henderson, who is one of the
founders of the Digest and one of the finest men that I have
ever met in my entire life. And his wife Cliff--this is my
idea of a perfect pair of people! We became very good
friends. Ralph first came around because they were starting
to buy material for the magazine. I believe that this was
even before they started the Readers Digest Books. He would
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