And we had a lovely place, it was on a great street in a great area, up
in the hills in LA. And there were movie stars on every corner. I mean,
their houses were on every street. Youd go just a half mile beyond us,
and there was Mulholland Drive and all the rest. And one of the girls
had an automobile. ats all we needed. It was halfway to Frank
Sinatras house, which made it very good for me!
And the next thing I knew, I had an apartment, I had friends, I had
memberships, I was going to dierent theaters and dierent things, and
I went in to see Mickey Rooney seing up a show. I had a lot of contacts
that I didn’t realize. I had a hairdresser, I mean!
I was seled for six months. I especially had a fun job. Aer three
weeks of oating around in LA, I thought I would go to work. I called
the National Bookkeeping Company, because I had used their equip-
ment and I loved it. And I called and I said, I’d like to sell your equip-
ment, the oce equipment, and they said, Well, this is wonderful. We
talked for a lile while. She said, Why don’t you come in and we can
talk and then we can send you to Minneapolis for six weeks’ training
if you’re hired. And I hung up. I said to myself, No, I just got here, I’m
not going anywhere.
I found a job with a company called US Divers. And they were sell-
ing deep-sea equipment, which was something new. And I was hired as
a billing clerk, but there were no bills to be made, but I was playing with
And one day, the boss, who was French, René Bussoz, came out and
said, Can somebody type a sentence for me for the catalogue? And
nobody seemed to be available except me, so I typed his sentence. I
couldn’t bring it into the boss because the oce manager wouldn’t let
me. She was the only one who could speak to the higher-ups. e next
day, the boss came out and said, Could you type a paragraph for me? I
said, Of course. I typed a paragraph, and I looked the oce manager
right in the face and walked into René’s oce.