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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

First and foremost, as in the first page of this book, and in every other page, and in a straight line stretching all the way back to the Stanford versus UCLA football game in 1956 (Stanford 13, UCLA 14, unfortunately) where I first met him, is Benji (as those of us who love him, call him) Rosen. What I said on the first page is well worth repeating: the conversation I had with Benji thirty-one years, almost to the day, after that football game changed my life. For that, I am eternally grateful.

I wouldn't have met Benji, however, nor would I have met all the other wonderful people in this book; in fact I might have been a dentist in Great Neck, New York, if I hadn't walked into the freshman speech class at New York University taught by one of Professor Ormond Drake's brightest young Turks, Harry Miles Muheim. From the moment I met him, Harry's eloquence, intellect, charm and wit made me a starstruck acolyte. Whatever Harry said, did or referenced became my gospel. Within weeks of the first class, my intended dental career receded into the dusty rafters of the little theatre group that Harry suggested I join. That experience became the seed for a career that led all the way to the CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan, with a major stop at the Stanford University Graduate School of Speech and Drama … of which Harry was an alumnus. But Harry was far more than a mentor; he remained my role model … and friend throughout the many stages of my career. Thank you, Mu.


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