| 11 February 2010
My grandfather, Dr. T.H. Culhane, M.D., was a physician and surgeon in Rockford, Illinois, for 52 years. He was also a charter subscriber to the Reader's Digest of DeWitt and Lila Wallace from 1922. Grandpa said medicine kept him very busy, but reading an article in every issue of every Digest for 20 years kept him up with what his patients were interested in. When I was learning to read, Grandpa gave me a Digest article on Walt Disney "so you'll understand why he made 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'.'" After Grandpa died, I kept on reading articles in my Dad's Digests. ...(click Read More above)
My Dad, who was selling insurance by then, told me that the best articles were about what we wanted to know about how to live. Eventually, I was getting my own Digests, and soon, checking the ones I had written for the Digest. The way the magazine had raised me, I looked to write about people whose art was both entertaining and morally upright for everybody. I was not surprised when the Digest wrote under the color picture of my "Unforgettable Snow White": "It was not the Prince's kiss that brought Snow White to life, but the genius of Walt Disney"
By then, the Wallaces had retired, but Lila Wallace came to a lunch at the Digest one day, and the Editor in Chief, Ed Thompson, introduced me to her: "John introduced to the magazine Maurice Sendak and 'Sesame Street," he said. Whatever she answered encouraged me: "My family doctor Grandfather was a charter subscriber," I told her. " I figured they were the kind of people his patients would be interested in."
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