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I wanted to go to college, and I had good grades in high school, and I had enough good grades to get me into UCLA. And Nanny said, "We can't afford it." Our rent was $30 dollars a month. She had a fit when they raised it to a dollar a day! And the tuition at that time, back in the covered wagon days, was $43 dollars. We didn't have the money. She said, "Well now, you should go to Woodbury College," a secretarial school, "so you can become a secretary and then someday nab the boss." She always said you're only as good as the guy you marry. That's why she did six times. Anyway, I said, "No, I really know I'm going to go to UCLA." I knew it, I saw myself on campus. It wasn't that I was hoping for it or wishing or praying, I said, "No, it's going to happen, I just don't know how." Well, this one morning it was my chore when I got up in the morning to look out into the lobby, our room faced the lobby, and there were these pigeonhole mailboxes. And I could tell if we had a letter in one of those and I would run out in my robe. And this one morning there was a letter in our slot. I got it, it had my name typewritten on it and address, and it even had a stamp, but it hadn't been mailed, it hadn't been cancelled. Somebody had just stamped it and put it in the mailbox. I opened it up, and out came a $50 dollar bill. I swear to this day I don't know who gave it to me. Nobody we knew had that kind of money. My grandmother didn't, or she would have said, "Look what I am doing for you." Nobody in our building, everybody was on relief. That was my tuition, so I got to go to UCLA.
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