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Stanton:

Yes. My recollection is he'd been night city editor at the Times, then moved over to J. Sterling Getzel or Lennon and Newell or one of the adverstising agencies, was there a short time and then came to CBS.

Q:

To go back to your career at CBS, when was your first meeting with Bill Paley? Do you recall? Or the first time you had a conversation with him? [Pause]

I know you probably had so many that --

Stanton:

No, I didn't. It was before World War II.

Q:

You were named vice president in 1942. Had you met him then, by that time?

Stanton:

Well, I knew him. I'd speak to him in the hall. I had been in meetings with him. I had never been in a one-on-one meeting with him until the day he asked me to be president.

Q:

Wow!

Stanton:

No, I was never close to him at all. Klauber, I knew. And Kesten, I knew in the office. I didn't know him out of the office at all. He had a strange private life. In today's culture it would probably be no problem, but I think he was living with a woman. Never brought her to any social events. She was never in the building to my knowledge. I never met her until he retired from the company. He was very private. I was in his apartment occasionally, but very, very occasionally. Never saw anybody socially above me, so to speak. Klauber never. Paley never. A couple of the vice presidents, no. No, I did not see Paley one- on-one until the day after he returned from the European Theater. He was still in uniform.



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