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Tom Wolfe on his best gift ever

Three of the seven dwarves: Doc, Happy and Sleepy.

Tom Wolfe

Ten years ago, we started calling up big names in business and culture and asking them, "What was the best gift you've received?"

In honor of Marketplace's 25th anniversary and the holiday season, we've pulled the "Best Gift Ever" series out of our archives. Here's the answer we got from writer Tom Wolfe, which originally aired in December 2004:

The best gift that I ever received was a set of rubber dolls, which were the Seven Dwarfs. 

The movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was the rage of my youth, and I used to play with the Seven Dwarfs for hours. 

To me they were alive. I'd seen the movie, and I could figure out what they would say in any given situation. 

Also, they were small, as we were, and I'm sure that must have been an attraction. 


Here's how the story originally played when it aired in 2004:

LISA NAPOLI: And now our holiday feature, The Best Gift Ever.


TOM WOLFE: This is Tom Wolfe. I'm a writer.

The best gift that I ever received was a set of rubber dolls, which were the Seven Dwarfs.

The movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was the rage of my youth, and I used to play with the Seven Dwarfs for hours.

To me they were alive. I'd seen the movie, and I could figure out what they would say in any given situation.

Also, they were small, as we were, and I'm sure that must have been an attraction.

NAPOLI: You no doubt know that Tom Wolfe is author of 14 books.


WOLFE OUTTAKE:When I was nine years old, I wrote my first book, a biography of Napoleon. Here was a small person who had almost conquered all of Europe, and at nine I was small, too. I can't really explain the whole thing at all, but nothing made of silver or fine wood or really anything else ever meant as much to me as these little rubber dwarfs.

 

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