Some months ago, after my mother died, I came into possession of my father's copy of "The Medium is the Massage," by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore, co-ordinated by Jerome Agel.
Most people haven't actually read this book. They know it by its title, though they get that title wrong. However, it is a book well worth reading, especially if you can find it in its original edition which is graphic and bold in the manner of a George Lois or Mike Tesch.
Today though as I leafed through this slim volume a thin carbon-copied type-written note to my father fell out and to the floor. It concerned a fired employee and his request for my severance. I don't know how this dispute resolved itself. If the guy got nothing or what. But I found the note, the manner in which things were discussed and the general level of courtliness of interest.
No real point today. Just a relic from 46 years ago.
"March 29. 1967
"Korten's 3-month salary continuation ends on April 3rd. He recently contacted Dave Stewart and then me and made a resentful and demanding plea for an extension until August (!). He claims we were supposed to carry him until he got a job. I disabused Kort of this fantasy, reminding him of the April 3rd limit.
"There was a promise made by Dave Stewart sometime ago that we would consider a review of Korten's situation past the April 3rd date if he were still unemployed.
"The position I am going to maintain is that under no circumstances should we extend his severance pay for more than one month.