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competitors have used that as an argument against me. One or
two have dubbed me a playboy, interested only in my own career.
Obviously this is not true, but it's a good argument for the
competition. I probably would use it myself. But John sure
knows what I'm doing. When I was on “What's My Line?" all
of those years, he never missed it. He'd usually have some
snide comment to make, kidding me. He'd call me up and say,
“Boy, were you terrible last night”--but he was always watching.
Two weeks ago when I was on the “Tonight Show,” I said,
“John O'Hara's not only a great author but a wonderful man;
and the fact that I know he's watching is not why I'm saying
this.” I looked right at him. O'Hara called me the next
morning, obviously pleased, and said, “You were looking right
at me.” I said, “You're absolutely right.” That's the rapport
which we have:
Do you think that he has many more books in him still?
He's still writing a book a year. I told you that he's
so absolutely facile that he can stop in the middle of a
sentence and go to bed, and the next day get up and just
finish the sentence in the typewriter.
Do you know how he works? Is he a man who works eight
hours a day?
Six hours a day, usually consecutive. He'll start in
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