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What was his method of--you've referred to him a number of times
as patron--what was his method of leadership in the years he was
active? I mean, there's all kinds of styles. Did people feel a
loyalty to him? What kind of a leader was he?
He was much more an idea leader--this is not the right
word--than he was a personal leader. He didn't teach, enthuse, bring
up people as much as he sort of outpaced them and forced them all to
try to catch up with him. Of course, I don't remember him ever
hiring anybody, but then, of course, we did very little hiring in
Time Inc. from the outside--except in the early days, obviously, we
did. But later on it was all growth from within. So I have a little
trouble saying what was his judgment on people. They got awful
screwed up in terms of management in the late 1930s, between
Ingersoll and Larsen and Prentice and I guess a couple of others, and
it ended up with Ingersoll, I guess, being fired. He pretty much
tried to take over, and he and Roy Larsen were at odds. And I
don't--I have no memory of anybody saying to me, “Well, thank God,
there was Harry there to straighten it all out.” He apparently just
left it there--left the lions in the cage and waited for one of them
to come out victorious.
What was the impact of his death?
Are you talking about emotionally or in terms of
management structure and what have you?
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