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the second-highest-selling issue he’d had.
When the magazine was still in Chicago, I’d
come home late after being at Mister Kelly’s
and he’d still be up. I’d tell him what I’d been
reading during the day and he’d process all of
it. He was a really curious guy. I probably did
30 of his television shows and, when I married
China Lee, the Playboy Bunny, he gave us our
honeymoon in Europe. But I haven’t seen him
in, what, maybe five years.
You were also good friends with Nancy and
Ronald Reagan — despite your famous line about
him. What were they like? I knew them very well.
You know, he was a Democrat for a long time
before becoming a conservative Republican.
He was a hard guy to resist; he had a great sense
of humor. But he really was remote for much of
the time. He once told me his greatest political
advantage was that Democrats thought he was a
dope. And he told his staff not to contradict that
impression. He said, “Their guard will be down
as long as they think I can’t figure out stuff.” He
didn’t care at all about his ego. Actually, I knew
Nancy better. She was much more perceptive
about who was a friend and who was a conniver,
who was a climber and who wasn’t. So when
Nancy said, “I’ve got your back,” she really meant
it. Nancy was great armor for Ronnie.
Looking back over your life, what do you con-
sider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Well, you know Senator Adlai Stevenson
— a t wo-time presidential candidate whom I
admired greatly — once said, “Mort Sahl brought
humor into the 20th century.” That’s not too
bad. I always tried to tell what I considered to
be the truth, and in a palatable way, through
humor. Often they were very inconvenient
truths. So I think my greatest achievement is
telling the truth — and surviving. Am I now a
happy camper? No. I’d say I’m a discontented
citizen; make that a discontented idealist. M
In 1960, I appeared on an
Ed Sullivan television special
and was on the cover of Time
magazine, the first comedian
to ever do that.