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And we both backed out. This was the only time in my
life I met Nicholas Murray Butler.
Did you heed his words?
I managed to evade him from them on.
Did you change the policy of the Jester at all? Do you
think you got more circulation?
Well, there were a couple of funny things. One incident
I'll tell you about. I started a drama column--to get free
tickets. Then I thought, “This is my chance to meet one of
my film heroines, Norma Talmadge.” So I wrote Norma Talmadge
that I wanted to interview her for the Columbia Jester, and a
letter came setting up a date. Well, the whole campus knew I
was going to meet Norma Talmadge, I want to tell you that: I
was so darn excited about it. But when the day came for the
date, I lost my nerve; I was afraid to meet her. Isn't that
ridiculous? I never went. I faked the interview. I wrote
a glowing interview--made the whole thing up and ran it in
the Jester and sent copies down to Norma Talmadge. I got a
warm letter from her in return saying she had enjoyed meeting
me so much and that the interview was masterful and she hoped
we'd meet some day again soon. This letter was framed and put
up in the Jester office.
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