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evening, he made the usual martinis, two large ones, served me the
best wine he had left in the cellar, and then a couple of brandies
afterwards. Next morning I woke up with a terrible hangover, went
around to see him and his hangover--he was just fine.
Let's go back to you in Paris and really your adolescence and
growing up there. How would you describe your life there, let's say,
after you got your baccalaureat? You were back there teaching--
Well, I had a marvelous life in Paris because the school
was great. I did quite well there. I was usually the first in my
class. I became a captain there in this sort of student discipline
system and finally became head captain, which gave me all sorts of
privileges including beating up on the younger boys. Many years
later a bald headed man ran into me at “21” and said, “Oh, I remember
you. You used to beat me with your shoe.” And it was the guy from
“The King and I”--Yul Brynner. [laughs] I didn't remember beating
Yul Brynner with a shoe but I guess his memory on that subject would
be better than mine.
When did you grown to your full height? How old were you?
I was about fifteen, sixteen.
And that's how tall for the record?
6' 5 1/2”. My grandson has just passed me. At sixteen, he
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