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Longwell and when the famous last question came, namely, “What do you
know about science and medicine?” I said,” Oh, a lot, sir.” And I
got the job. I got promoted. I think that's when I met Mrs. Reid
because I think maybe she was trying to keep me there, Ellen Reid.
What was your starting salary at Life?
Forty dollars. It was terrific, from twenty-five to forty,
a sixty percent increase.
And you were the science editor?
Science and medicine editor.
This was what month in 1937, this was May?
Had you been reading Time and Fortune before that? Did you know
anything about Henry Luce?
I'd been reading the Times, Time and Life. I don't know
that I was reading Fortune, But I guess I probably was because I was
reading a lot.
Any other memories? Did you--to go back to the Tribune for a
minute, did you do anything more substantive in that year than eat
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