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Today is the 3rd of February, 1987. This is Jessica Holland.
We're at 870 U.N. Plaza. This is for the Columbia Oral History
project. Would you state and spell your full name?
I'm Andrew Heiskell, spelled H-e-i-s-k-e-l-l.
Okay. What I would like to talk about with you today is
management at Time Inc.--how the corporation was managed. And I
would like you to do this chronologically, and to begin when you
arrived, which as I recall is 1937--obviously from the vantage point
of a younger man, yourself not involved in top management--and take
it through until the time that you left in 1980, and describe the
changes in the lines of authority and who were the key players and
how management structured itself. Go ahead.
Well, obviously, when I first came there in 1937, I was
very far down the line, in fact, far enough down the line that I
couldn't see the peak. I could see about as far as the managing
editor, John Shaw Billings, and I was aware of a publisher called Roy
Larsen and a general manager called Jackson. Quite clearly, as far
as I was concerned at that point, the joint was managed by John Shaw
Billings. [laughs] That's all that counted for me.
Within a couple of years, when I became interested in management
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