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source. It's a good quote on the trickle-down. She says, “I really don't like it. I don't want to do this.” I knew what she was talking about. I said, “Okay, Honore, if you don't want to, then we'll give it to somebody else.”

She calls me up the next day. “I don't want to do it, but I want to be in the show, so I'll do it.”


You didn't finish the story with Ken Young.


So they gave me a cockamamie reason why they couldn't do it, and they ended up, to make me happy, they said, “We're ordering 100 copies for the executive council.” You see? See, the thing is that shortly thereafter, about that time, I was already moving the book around. This is already before it came out. Jack Golodner -- I said, “Jack, I want you to let me do a screening. I want to do a show and tell with the executive board of the AFL-CIO Department of Professional Employees [DPE]. I want to take orders, 1,000 copies, four bucks a copy at cost.” So he puts me on in the AFL-CIO executive boardroom, and I'm doing it. [Albert] Shanker is the chairman of the meeting came. I do the quotes, and “This is a work by So-and-so, and the quote is...” “This is a work by So-and-so, and the quote is...”

We finish. Shanker comes up to me and says, “Moe, this is really terrific. I want 1,500 copies. Moe, this transcends our differences, and I'm going to get a couple of thousand posters.” And he did. I got orders then. The next day I get a call from Ed Garvey. I don't know Ed Garvey.


I once did a story about Ed Garvey for the ACTU newspaper.


Ed Garvey calls me. He says, “Moe, this is Ed Garvey.”


He says, “I'd like to order 1,500 books.”

I said, “What?”

“I want to give one to every member of the NFL Players Association.”

I said, “How do you know about it?”

He says, “I was at the meeting yesterday. I'll tell you something. I was at that meeting. When you came on, when you did that thing, I pinched myself. I said, ‘Am I in the AFL-CIO headquarters?’ I have

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