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(And other surprising secrets you're not supposed to know.)
Dear Fellow American,
This letter is about information that's "none of your business".
Did you know that certain specific foods they serve you on a plane will lower your blood sugar count at high altitudes — leaving you tired ...
Mel Martin: Up Close and Personal
"He was a very gentle man who did not like interacting with people. Rodale wanted him, and they just couldn't come to terms. He worked in his apartment at 81st Street and First Avenue. We talked a lot—mostly on the phone on weekends. He had a huge terrace and several thousand plants; he was an accomplished gardener and an aficionado of classical music." —Marty Edelston
Mel Martin was also a very sick man—for years. "By my count, he had over a dozen doctors aside from his internist," Edelston said, "one specialist for each thing that was wrong with him." Brian Kurtz, Edelston's brilliant young vice president, added: "He was an incessant smoker. In fact, if he ran out of cigarettes, he had to quit writing and run out for cigarettes."
The image that Kurtz and Edelston painted was reminiscent of Marcel Proust who suffered terribly from tuberculosis and resided in an cork-lined room in Paris, venturing out occasionally in the cool of the evening when the lower humidity did not aggravate his delicate lungs. The difference between Mel Martin and Proust: Proust produced torrents of prose.
"Mel Martin was the world's slowest copywriter," Edelston says. "It would take him three or four months to write a direct mail package. He could get stuck for a month on a letter opening."