Previous | Next
865866867868869870871872873874875876877878879880881882883884885886887888889890891892893894895896897898899900901902902a903904905906907908909910911912913914915916917918919920921 of 1029
been with us two years. In one of my speaking tours I spoke
at Tulane in New Orleans. There was a reception after my speech.
One of the penalties of speaking in the South is that you've
got to go to one of these damned receptions afterwards and shake
hands with about nine million people. If the word “certainly”
was eliminated, I don't know what these little Southern girls
would do because they all come up and say “Certainly enjoyed
your talk. Certainly was mighty fine.” Almost every one of
them uses “certainly.” It's fun counting how many of them
use “certainly.” At any rate, while I was talking with these
girls and shaking hands, a man came up to me and said, “Hiram
Haydn is your editor, isn't he?" I said, “Yes.” He said, “I
was with him when he was on the faculty at Western Reserve
in Cleveland.” Then he asked, “How long has Haydn been with
you?" I said, “About two years.” He said, “He'll be gone
within a year.” I said, “What are you talking about? We just
signed a new contract with him.” He said, “He'll be gone
within a year. Hiram never stays any place more than two-and-
a-half to three years.” By the time that I turned around to
find out what he meant by this, he had disappeared. I never
found out who he was, but when I came home I laughingly told
the story to Don. I promptly forgot the prediction, and we
signed a new contract with Hiram.
How many years was the contract for?
Another two or three years.
In February I went down to Jamaica with Moss and Kitty
© 2006 Columbia University
Libraries | Oral History
Research Office | Rights and
Permissions | Help