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until the war ended just as I was getting my commission. I
got out and came back a hero, having won the battle of Camp
Lee, Virginia. I went back to college, had credit for all
these courses that I never could have passed....
Did you keep up your column when you came back?
Yes. Then also when I came back, Morrie Ryskind, who
was the editor of the Jester, was kicked out of college for
the simple reason that he called Columbia's prexy, Nicholas
Murray Butler, a blithering idiot, and I was made editor of
the Jester. In my sophomore year I was made editor-in-chief
of the Jester! That was heady stuff!
Do you remember your experiences at the Jester at all?
Yes. The first issue of the Jester that I edited
gave me a chance to meet Nicholas Murray Butler.
What was that like?
There were only two ways you met Nicholas Murray Butler.
One was to give a million dollars to the University, and the
other was to print a joke in the Jester that he didn't like.
I chose the latter method.
Do you remember the joke?
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