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I introduced him to two sisters--very pretty and
alert girls they were. One of them ended up marrying Arthur
Kober. The other one married Eric Leinsdorf, the conductor.
Their name was Fraunkneck...German...lovely, beautiful girls.
Bill was staying at the Great Northern Hotel. I had gotten
him a room there. The older sister, Margaret, who ended up
marrying Kober, called me up after we all got home, screaming
and laughing. She said, “Your friend, William Saroyan, just
called me up and demanded that I come down and spend the
night with him.” She said, “Mr. Saroyan, I'm not that kind
of girl. I'm a respectable girl.” He said, “What difference
does that make? Don't tell me you're going to turn down an
invitation to spend a night with William Saroyan!" Margaret
concluded, “I couldn't get angry at him. He was so ridiculous.”
She said, “I wouldn't dream of coming down.” He said, “You
wouldn't? Then what is your sister doing?" This is Bill
Do you think that his success has maybe spoiled him a
I think it did, yes.
There are some authors that success spoils.
The Human Comedy, you see, was a great hit, and the
play, The Time of Your Life, was a big success. And Bill
was always very cocky, but now he knew everything.
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