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Q:

That's unusual.

Cerf:

I wasn't being bighearted. I thought that not only was it honest, but it was judicious. If one author would find out that somebody else was getting two-thirds after a certain amount and he was only getting fifty per cent, he would have every reason to call me a son of a bitch.

Q:

Now what about this Famous Writers School?

Cerf:

The Famous Artists School was started by a man named Al Dorne, who was a personal friend of mine, and Milton Breslauer, whom I knew even more intimately. So I was privy to the Famous Artists School when it was started but had no particular interest in it.

Q:

Who put up the money? It isn't non-profit. Did these two men put up the money?

Cerf:

Breslauer put up most of the first money. Dorne had the idea. Breslauer became active in it as it started growing, but later on he became sick and sold out. He's out it entirely now.

I watched what they were doing and I was surprised by its success. It caught on almost from the start. Then Dorne got the idea that the Famous Writers School could do just as well as the now-established Art division. I was one of the



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