What I really wanted was to go into television and radio, but I had no experience. So I kept the appointment with Albert as a courtesy to my dad's friend. At the time, I was working as a receptionist at WNEW, which paid $25 per week.
Albert told me I would hate radio and television, and I should go into book publishing. He said that he didn't have a job, but then he changed his mind and said I could become an assistant to the office boy who was about to be promoted to reader. The job paid $30 per week, so I said okay. That's why I like to say I started my career in publishing--at a new low--as Office Boy-in-Waiting."