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You wanted to enter as a junior?


Yes. Some relatively short time went by and I found myself at some cocktail party or something, in the middle of a lot of people, one of them seemed to know a lot about America even though he was a Frenchman. I began asking him about it and I ended up by saying, “Is it true that all Americans are businessmen and the only thing you do in America is business?” which is Europe's attitude towards America, you see. He said, “Well, no, not quite, but it does help to know about it.” I said, “Well, I don't know anything about it. I don't even know what business is. I don't know what a common stock is. I've heard about this stuff because”--I remember one summer we were in St. Jean de Luz and my godmother was there and it was during the crash and her stocks were going down all the time, that was the first I'd ever heard of a stock. Anyway, I said to this man, “I don't know the difference between a stock and a bond and what do I do about it?” He looked at me and said, “Don't worry. I'll send you some papers, fill them out.” I forgot about it, but, sure enough, three weeks later I got a whole bunch of questionnaires from something called the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. I sort of filled them out thinking no harm done and a month later, I think it was early August, I got notice to report to the business school on September 11th thereby saving myself three years. [laughs] So the sum total of my education is about, let's see, it's really three years in Switzerland, five years in France--I can barely count the university--that's eight, and one year at the business school, that's nine.

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