The Press: I Am Not a Failure

Early in 1973, Washington Post Reporter Sally Quinn went to a party at the Manhattan home of Barbara Walters, queen of NBC's morning Today show. Quinn noticed that her hostess's bedside alarm clock was set for 4 a.m. "If they paid me a million dollars, I would never accept Barbara Walters' job," she told a friend that night. "That is simply no way to live."

Less than six months later, Quinn was taking somewhat less than a million ($944,000 less, to be exact) for the privilege of rising at an even ungodlier 1:30 a.m....

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