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Q:

He wasn't concerned about the money--the financial aspects at all.

Cerf:

Horace was the most generous of people with authors. If one would come with a hard luck story, Horace would always help him

Q:

There was no such thing really as advances at that time.

Cerf:

Well, nothing like today. Money was quite different in those days. There were no income taxes to speak of, and my goodness, the salaries in those days! I think I started there at something like $50 a week. Office boys today start at about $80

Q:

It's a different world.

Cerf:

It's a different world, a different dollar, too. When you got money then, it was yours--you didn't pay so much of it to the government.

Q:

Were you able to find any books--?

Cerf:

This came later. My first job was to begin to meet people and to go out selling. That was my real job--to be the New York City and East Coast salesman.

Q:

How did you find selling? This was sort of a new experience in a way.





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