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gifts. He's terrible when you give him presents. He gets
uncomfortable and shy and usually makes some remark that annoys
you because he's uncomfortable. He just loves to give.
Often, when I'm with Frank, I compulsively start singing
myself. Frank is like my two boys. When I sing, they
roll on the ground. Frank gave me a great compliment. He
said that I'm the only man he knows who can sing an entire
song without getting one note right! So last year we together
made a record of Winchester Cathedral for our Christmas party.
Frank had his voice erased from the record, and with Duke
Ellington's band for a background, I slaughtered Winchester
Cathedral. I cleared the room in one minute flat!
This is ending the whole interview, but you are such a
happy person basically, I think from an interviewer's point
of view, is there anything that you fear?
Well, I don't like getting old. I'm watching myself
very carefully now. I think that I told you that we've made
Bob Bernstein president of Random House two years ago, before
the RCA deal, because my idea was to establish the succession.
I watch myself with Bob. Every once in a while I catch myself
resenting the fact that he is actually president of Random
House and is making decisions without consulting me. He not
only has every right to do this, but it's what I want him to
do! But I have to watch myself. Giving things up is very
hard, especially while you still have all of your faculties.
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