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and so on so on so on so on, working all the time.” I couldn't
How good an editor was he?
He was a very good editor in terms of ideas, subjects, a
feel for what's interesting, and he was a pretty good word
editor--but I think he was a better idea-editor than a word-editor.
John Billings was a great word-editor.
How good a businessman was he?
What would be an example?
He had a very good sense of figures. He knew perfectly
well what the situation was at any one moment. He kept very close
track of all the business trends. He could discuss business with
anybody. He wasn't a C.P.A., but, as you know, originally he
alternated running the business, and at any point later on he could
have run the business. It might have taken him a bit of time to know
how to operate the machine, but he could have run the business just
as well as he could have edited.
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