Leisure: Less Staring, More Listening

Time was when almost anyone who had shot an aardvark or stared at a commissar or eaten 327 doughnuts in 83 minutes could pick up extra cash lecturing to women's clubs. Real celebrities were hardly required to lecture; they just had to turn up and let themselves be stared at.

Things are different on the lecture circuit these days. Too many people have seen too many celebrities on TV to be impressed with the mere sight of them. Says Publisher Bennett Cerf, a veteran lecternist, "You've got to have something to say."


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!