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top-flight news people, and I didn't think we had to go outside to get Time
magazine manpower into it.
It's interesting. I'm just listening to the complexity of the relationships with Paley and
Schneider. In the end, who really--did you--I mean, I know what happened as a result, but
did you really have the power to make that decision? Did Schneider really have the power
to make that decision? Who made the final decision about Salant?
Yes. Given that Paley was-- [Crosstalk]
Well, how do you separate all those crosscurrents? I guess I had it. I don't say “I
guess”; I had it. There's no question about that. And if Paley had said that I had misused
my power, then he'd have to get another boy. He couldn't run off to Europe and run off to
all parts of the world a large part of the time on social things and then second-guess.
Somebody had to run the store.
I had delegated that to Schneider, and Schneider, in effect, was exercising it, but sensitive
to the fact that he was taking somebody away from me and also that he knew the history--
that Dick had been in the job and didn't please Paley. And Schneider, no fool, thought that
he wanted my support and blessing on it. I gave it to him and that was that.
It's a nice line, when you're operating as close to each other as Paley and I were, as to how
much one defers to the other. There were times when he did things that I wouldn't have
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