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What was his motivation in wanting to do that? He wanted to bring you closer into his
circle? What's your idea about that? Why do you think he made that offer?
I think it was a genuine, friendly gesture. I think he came to respect me and to
depend on me. We had a good working relationship, no problem there at all. My God, he
turned over the company to me, and I really didn't know anything. I knew these nine
stations that I ran. I knew what I was running during that period, but it's one thing to be
running part of a company and suddenly to be dumped into -- It made no sense at all. In
fact, he exhibited the same inability to judge the requirements of the job and the people in
the people he hired after I left the company. There were five people that paraded through
that office and didn't make it. Not because they weren't competent guys, just because the
match wasn't right.
Are you saying that the match wasn't right for you?
I made the match right in the sense that I kept a distance. One of the problems
with one or two of my successors was that they wanted the social life, and he didn't want
them. By that time, he had decided they were peons, and he wanted to have his own life and
didn't want to mix socially.
Did he treat people at CBS as if they were peons, or did he feel that they were equal?
What did you have to do or be to be an equal in his eyes?
You had to have a certain flair. First of all, you had to be good at what you were
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