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birthday and bring a present for three dollars or two dollars and a half. And that's what it was about. It was absolutely charming. Somebody brought a book he had just written, and I got numerous useful and very inexpensive gifts. The only bad effect of the party was that it was reported in The New York Times by Miss Klemsrud who said that “this party was given for Mrs. Lasker, one of the richest women in the United States.” Now, I was afraid to write to The New York Times to point out that I'm not even the richest woman in the east tower of UN Plaza, because I thought it would bring even worse attention, and everybody that worked for me immediately wanted more money and everything else. It was a disaster.

Q:

That was bad publicity.

Lasker:

It cost me a fortune! (laughs) And everybody was very unsympathetic to me. (laughs)

Q:

Well, I'm glad you liked our restaurant.

Lasker:

It was superb! Does it go on like that every day?

Q:

Yes.

Lasker:

That man is a genius. What's his name?

Q:

I cannot tell you, but he's a Yugoslav.



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