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Heiskell:

--I was only two years, and I had an absolutely marvelous time, because they had--I remember somehow or the other I managed to run six to eight pages per issue, which made me very proud of myself and even made my colleagues sort of say: “Oh, that guy isn't that bad!” Again, it was the revelation factor: nobody had ever done it before. So practically anything you did was sort of: “Wow! Look at that! Can you imagine!” Story after story, a little one or a big one.

Q:

During that period, having been brought up in Europe, were you keenly aware of what was going on in Europe?

Heiskell:

Yes. I was aware of what was going on in Europe, and of course we at LIFE and at Time were very much aware of it because there was a real schism that occurred there within the editorial staffs between the internationalists and the isolationists. And it was quite bitter; there were very strong feelings. Joe Thorndyke was an isolationist, and he was one of the senior people. I never did know where Billings stood, because Billings avoided philosophizing--he left that to Luce [laughs]. But the arguments would be very strong, and of course I was an internationalist, having been brought up there. I would feel it, whereas most of the other people would read about it. And that makes for a great difference.

Q:

Now LIFE was already carrying editorials at that point, right?



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