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with Marquise de--, and by the time you've sort of located her in
short time, here's the Duchess again, “Oh, Mr. Heiskell--” and this
goes on for about an hour. And then you all go home. The most
appalling evening I can remember.
Was that your only dealing with them at that time?
With them. Oh, I saw him a couple of times, I guess, in
the office, but of no particular interest.
Okay. What about some of the other--if you have any particular
memories of the other--some of the other--
Well, I thought I was so smart having done the Churchill
memoirs, but when Ike's turn came along, for some reason Tex
Moore, who was chairman before me and is a lawyer, and I had an
appointment to see Ike, and filled with my confidence as a publisher
of biographies, I pretty much told Ike how to go about doing it, and
what the tax laws were, and how to get aid to write it, and what we
would do for him, and how much we would pay him--which I forget, but
it was a considerable sum--
In other words, to have his memoires excerpted in LIFE?
Yes, right. And how to make a deal with a book publisher,
and so on and so on and so on. And I left there feeling quite
pleased with myself, and a week later learned that he had signed up
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