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I know this sounds sort of silly, because you'd think at
age 24, you wouldn't be--and having done as well as I had--be
worrying about your future that much. But I, as I recollect it, I
looked at the company and said to myself: “Well, maybe I can become
a managing editor some day and maybe I can become a publisher
someday.” And the publisher then was Roy Larson, and the Managing
Editor was John Billings, and I decided I would probably have a
better chance of making it as a publisher than as managing editor.
That's how crass I was. [laughs]. And the then General Manager, C.D.
Jackson, was looking for an assistant. And he was interviewing me
and one other person, John Field, who was National Affairs Editor
then. He was roughly my age. And I don't know whether John Field
didn't want the job or whether I got the job, but anyway--
Finish your sentence.
--I got the job.
Why won't you describe what the role of Larson and Jackson--what
their roles were.
Well, I went to work for C.D. Jackson, who was General
Manager, and he in turn reported to Larson, who was the Publisher.
Larson also had sort of company-wide responsibilities. Essentially
the management side of a magazine then took care of advertising
sales, circulation, promotion, manufacturing, and obviously finance.
C.D. Jackson was an elegant man nearly my height; had been brought
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