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lot of money in the market and was a very valued customer down at the office, called Sartorius, Smith and Loew. Now, here I was just out of college. Was I going to go into journalism? Or was I going down to Wall Street where the job was handed to me on a platter? Well, I decided to do both.

Q:

You're amazing, really.

Cerf:

Well, again, luck. By this time Merryle Stanley Rukeyser, a boy who had lived in the same apartment house I had up on 157th Street, was assistant financial editor, I think, of the Tribune. So when I went to the Tribune, instead of just going and asking automatically for a job, I went to the financial department and also said I was starting to work in a brokerage office. I got a job there! So there I was starting to work at Sartorius and at the same time going to work on the financial page on the Tribune in the evenings. This seemed to me a wonderfully winning combination.

Q:

And yet you didn't really have to take two jobs.

Cerf:

Oh, no. This was to learn. I wanted to learn fast.

Q:

Well, now, what did they give you to do at the Tribune?

Cerf:

Rukeyser knew I had been one of the honor students up at the School of Journalism and was a reasonably smart kid.



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