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remember what World War II did to America. We were isolated,
isolationists, and so on and so on. So I was getting very far there.
My mother had returned and we were still living in the
Blackstone. Twenty-five [dollars] didn't get you very far. The one
thing that helped me out was, practically every night, I was sent to
the Waldorf where somebody was making a speech, not to write up the
speech, which had already been received, but just to make sure the
guy didn't die on the platform, or actually did deliver it because
here it was already in print in the paper. The great virtue of this
was that every night I got chicken. That was my main meal.
You were living back with your mom, yes?
Yes, I was living back in the Blackstone and working at
the Herald Tribune.
Where was the Trib at that point located?
41th Street and 7th Avenue, over Blakes, the drinking spot
was downstairs, famous place. Did I drink? Yes.
Were you in proximity of the famous reporters of the day?
The Tribune had some famous reporters. I didn't think of
them as being that famous at that time. They were just sort of upper
grade men, and I was a lower grade man. The city editor was the
awesome character. The strangest character was Ogden Reid, the
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