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Why the Herald Tribune?
I think somebody gave me an introduction to somebody on
the Herald Tribune. I don't know who it was but I did have an
That reminds me, when I talked about literacy at the business
school, when I got to the Tribune my French would often get the
better of me and I would write a story about the problems of
circulation in Times Square and would find next morning a note from
the City Editor about my English.
You stayed at the Herald Tribune from 1936 until 1938, was it?
No. I stayed there only about ten months. I stayed there
until May of 1937.
Why don't you describe that period.
What an extraordinary world! What I was really aiming at
was to be a foreign correspondent. No chance obviously, I didn't
have the experience for that. But I remember trying to edge my way
into it, I thought, by asking to be ship news reporter, because I
made the point that I spoke French, German, some Italian, and, after
all, the ships did bring quite a lot of foreigners. I was flatly
turned down by whomever, saying, “They should learn to speak
English.” Which was part of the attitude of America at that point,
you know. We hadn't joined the world yet. It's very difficult to
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