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Sidney James, go ahead.
--who had been editor of Sports Illustrated and publisher
of Sports Illustrated--I forget what he was at that point.
That was later. This is 1948!
Oh, that's before he became that. That's right. He
worked for LIFE! That's right. He just worked for LIFE.
The next thing I knew, he and I were, in effect, running the
coverage of the convention. I'd never been to a convention
before--he had, thank God! There were some talented NBC people
there--not famous, because, in those days, of course, very few people
were famous on TV yet. And I had more fun doing this than most
anything I'd ever done, because I did exactly what I wanted. The big
mucky-mucks at NBC would come by at 8 o'clock in the evening to see
what we were doing, but they were there for social purposes. Sid and
I were doing this twenty hours a day, and we were not only deciding
who we would interview and what we would get the NBC guys to ask, so
on and so on, but during the convention itself, we would be
photographing the convention, and when I got bored by some speaker,
I'd say, “Who'd we got on reserve in the studio?”--we always had a
couple of people on reserve to talk to--and I'd just cut off the main
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