A Place in the Phone Book
The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here! *
Yesterday, I picked up the new phone book, and, for the first time in years, opened it up to locate my name and address. That's because, for the first time in a long time, I live in a new place. One that's thousands of miles from my last home, and from the place where I grew up.
Page 73 - Johnson, Navin R.! I'm somebody now!
I've started a new life practically from scratch, with a new career, new friends and new relationships.Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name in print - that makes people. By coincidence, last night I stumbled across a televised conference on C-SPAN, featuring my first boss in Washington, DC. He is a former federal agency chief. He looked very distinguished with his dark suit and grey hair, but his words, full of legalisms, were a foreign language that I no longer understood. I didn't want to understand them. They were dry, passionless, boring.
I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.
They already have.
*Quotations in italics from Steve Martin as Navin Johnson in The Jerk (1979).