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Then we put up a building in London. That was infinitely
complicated. I'm trying--I can't remember just why, but it was. It
was right smack in the middle of London, Bond and Bruton Street.
That was when we were expanding abroad. And then we decided that we
should put up a building in Paris. That was 1960--
Sixty. I know because I was touring the world, and I was
sort of headquartering myself in Paris.
That was at the same time, then, that the Rockefeller Center
building was moved into.
About the same time. We moved into Rockefeller Center in
'59. The interesting thing there was that we bought the land, right
smack in the center of Paris, just off the Champs Elysees, and then
we couldn't get a permit to put up the building--mainly due to
typical French bureaucracy. And we couldn't figure out what to do.
So finally we arranged a ground breaking festival: trees, party, so
on so on. And we invited all the proper ministers. And we decided
if the proper ministers came, it would be okay to go ahead
[laughter]. If they didn't, we'd better not. They came.
Where else--did we put up any other buildings? I don't think
so. No. But that was quite a splurge of building in a short period.
But as it turned out, it was the right thing to do. You've seen what
happened to the rents ever since.
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