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house was getting too big for us and we began to worry about
What about...here you had two sons?
They're very young.
Yes. But you didn't want to hold on for them?
Oh, I couldn't. Even today--here it is 1968--Chris is
only twenty-six and Jon is still up at Harvard. He's twentyone.
There's another ten years before they'll be ready. Who
knows where this crazy world is heading for? I'm sixty-nine
You're a young sixty-nine.
Yes. But I'll probably never live to be eighty. If I
do it will be a miracle.
I was worried about this. The boys wouldn't be ready
for a long time. We had some good young men in the place, but
still this was getting to be a big, big business. So at least
we listened. Several people who approached us we didn't even
You didn't think that this was going to change the character
of Random House?
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