Bennett Cerf

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Bennett Cerf

Born

New York, New York, USA (Manhattan)

Died

8/27/1971

Birth Name

Bennett Alfred Cerf

Gender

Male
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A very talented and quick-witted man, Bennett Cerf was a humorist and publisher. In 1927, at age 29, he became one of the founding editors of New York-based Random House, Inc. He later rose to the position of president of the publishing firm. He personally authored many humor…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Bennett had a good natured give-and-take relationship with What's My Line? host John Daly, both men teasing each other about their habits, backgrounds, and behaviors. One running pun Bennett would usually make whenever a guest would sign in as 'Mr. X' would be to say that Mr. Daly and the guest were 'Ham & X' (Ham and eggs)

    • Whenever Bennett Cerf wrote an original work, he would have it published by rival publishing house Doubleday because he felt if he published them himself his Random House authors would feel he was putting his interests in front of theirs.

  • Quotes

    • A Bennett Cerf pun: Did you hear that a major Alaskian town is banning all puppies from its city limits? The town will be now known as dogless Fairbanks.

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