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caused by being too generously treated during the war in terms of
We're talking--focus on management.
Also on Luce's role in that scenario that you've set up.
Luce's role in that scenario became much less of a
day-to-day boss and more of what you might call “an in-and-out boss.”
He would begin worrying about some subject, bone up on it and then
really sit down with one publisher or the other and gnaw at the
problem at great length.
By what event or era do you date his transferring from a hands-on
day-to-day boss to this in-and-out boss?
Well, I think it dates to when Linen and I became
publishers that he sort of removed himself from that. Consider that
Roy Larsen as president of the company was our real boss. On the
other hand, Luce never allowed anything to get too far away from him.
He kept a careful eye on the business end of it. And he knew what
the figures were and what they portended, what was apt to happen.
But he didn't try to run the operation. He didn't sell space. He
would occasionally have a promotion idea--yes, that he did. But it
could be two weeks or a month that I wouldn't see him, for instance.
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