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George Vecsey

Bill, good on you for presenting so much of this valuable book.
I worked for various sections in that time, and met all the main figures. It seems like yesterday to read about Abe Rosenthal and Arthur Gelb, whom I considered "my rabbis" in the NYT -- not that I was always happy. Nobody ever was.

Abe was very astute. Once he was taking a jaunt through Appalachia with some of his reporters. Sitting around a state camp in eastern Kentucky one night, he asked me what my ultimate goal might be.
"I'd love to be a Paris correspondent," I said.
"George, there are two kinds of correspondents," he said, immediately. "Those who want to live in Paris, and those who want to be based there."
He didn't need to say more. He read me. I wasn't cut out to be like my friend Roger Cohen, or all the other great correspondents based there.
I admire all those editors (and even liked a few.)
best GV

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