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Three or four other publishers followed me and let them come
in. It looked for a time that they would unionize the whole
publishing... But then, why not? There's no reason why workers
in publishing houses shouldn't be unionized if they want to be.
Our own people got disgusted with this one, however, and one
by one dropped out. Finally, some years later--I said nine but
it was probably only five or six--they, by an overwhelming
vote, threw the union out; but I had given them a very favorable
contract because I took Helen Thompson out to dinner the
very night I met her--and fell madly in love with her.
Well, were you engaged to her?
That was the rumor because we were together quite a lot.
We became quite a favorite topic around our set in New York
because, first of all, as I told you, she was beautiful.
Second of all, everybody knew her family. Third of all, they
were amused by this combination of the young girl union
organizer and Bennett Cerf.
Then Woollcott demanded to meet Helen Thompson. All
of my friends demanded the same. They had all heard about
her. I agreed to proudly produce her.
Beatrice and George Kaufman gave a big party one night
just to have the whole crew meet Helen Thompson. When I
walked in with Helen--she looked as though she had just come
in out of the rain. Though she was beautiful, she didn't
care at all how she dressed or how she made-up. She was sloppy
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