Events didn’t work out that
way. By the time the series was
done, Audiocraft was on the ropes and did not survive as a magazine for
very long after my series was done.
So there really wasn’t the ability to take the material and turn it
into a book. I did get some book
offers at the time, but that was 1960 and I was just getting my doctorate
degree then, and I figured that this was part of my past life, and not part
of my future life, so I didn’t really follow through on any of that.
When you started writing the
transistor articles in 1954, had you any previous training in writing or
was this an innate skill?
I don’t have a clue about how to
answer that question. I just sat
down and consciously tried for a “straight from the shoulder”
approach. In other words, what is
it that I wanted to say, say what you want to say, say it, and say what you
said. This combination sets the stage and then you just go ahead and do
it. You assume that the other
person wants to learn, and wants to read it – it works pretty well. I don’t have any secrets about how to
write well, (if I do write well), but I certainly wrote and sold a number
of these articles, made some money, and wrote through my whole career.
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