Manuscripts/Mixed Material [W. D. Long]
Bill left that company after a few years, and became manager of an industrial bank. He lost his position, however, when the bank merged with another. Several temporary connections followed, until a few years ago he got his present position, which seems permanent.
“What got you started on contests, Bill?”
“I don't have the slightest idea, now. It was about 20 years ago, I believe, but I've been in so many I don't even remember what that first one was. I didn't win anything, though, I remember that. I guess that is what started me. I was disappointed at not winning, and when another contest came along, I suppose I said to myself, 'Well, let's see if you can win this one.' I didn't, though. I failed very consistently. I worked like the devil on some of them, too.
“I remember one in particular. It was sponsored by a newspaper. They had a large picture of an elephant, made up of hundreds of figures, large and small, and the idea was to determine 'the weight of the elephant' by adding up all of the figures in his picture. I think the first prize was $5,000, but in order to qualify for it, the contestant had to send in a certain number of subscriptions. A smaller number would only qualify you for a smaller prize, and so on down the line. As I remember it, if you sent in only one