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time of Pearl Harbor, just ahead of Pearl Harbor (and I had been in the company I guess six or seven years at that time), I remember the head of News -- I worked late and I was one of the last out of the building. So was he, because he did the “Evening News” wrap up. Paul White would generally go out to have dinner someplace, then come back and get ready for the next day's news agenda, etc. Occasionally I would see a book that he was carrying under his arm. I didn't know Paul White, I was just a kid, he didn't even know that I was in the company, but I saw the books. Every time I saw him reading something about this part of the world or that part of the world I thought, “Gee, he knows something I don't know,” and I would get nosy and look into things, and so many times Paul was on top of the story before the story broke. Now, he had the same kind of backgrounding sources I was getting, later in my life, but I know that taught me: If you get a clue that something might be happening, you'd better damn well find out how to spell the name of the country. That stood me in good stead, and I gave some of that treatment to the news organization (although they didn't have to get it from me) by questioning them about things. They were smart enough to get the clue that maybe I knew something they didn't know, and somebody better be up to date on it. That, I think, helped News be on top of stories that they wouldn't have been on top of. But, it was a great news organization. They were a diligent crowd, and today we couldn't afford what we did in those days because we had, not too many correspondents, I didn't think, but we had a lot of correspondents that today we wouldn't have. I shouldn't say “we,” but --


Why is that? What do you mean exactly?


Money. It's just so expensive. Time, Inc., for example, I think has closed its Paris bureau down to practically nothing now. That used to be an enormous bureau. Our London bureau was big; now they don't even have it in London, it's out in the country. It's the cost of

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