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What is he like?
He's delightful. He's always in a good mood. He works
sixteen hours a day, six days a week. He never gets really angry
with people. He taught me a great thing. He never argues if
somebody comes in with an idea. He says, “Yes fine, fine.”
Sometimes I've said, “It doesn't sound fine to me.” His attitude is,
“Bad ideas usually die of their own weight, and why get in to an
argument with a guy.” Everybody loves Gregorian! [laughs] The
staff, they just think he's fantastic. He's a funny looking man.
He's small. He's put on thirty pounds since he's been at this job,
because he has to go to breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day--or
sometimes two or three dinners. He knows everybody in the city.
Everybody. Everybody knows him. He's very funny. He's very good in
social situations. He embraces everybody. He's very thoughtful. He
is very well organized. I can't believe that he can get out as many
letters a day. Obviously, he doesn't write them himself. But he
makes sure they are properly written, and he makes sure that
everybody gets an answer. He remembers birthdays and all of those
things. As I said earlier, I guess it's because he doesn't have
articles, he doesn't use articles. He says about New York Public
Library. He never says, “The.” It's very funny! Speaks seven
languages. He was born in what was then Persia--Tabriz. Brought up
in Beirut, went to school in Beirut, then came over here and went to
Stanford. I claim we get on well because I was born in Naples and he
was born in Tabriz.
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