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Drinking Was Widespread at The New York Times in the 60s

Everyone – okay, almost everyone – likes Mad Men, because there’s a lot of things to like about it. One of the more interesting aspects is its portrayal of the rampant drinking during work. It happens so much it almost seems unbelievable.

But according to Gay Talese, who wrote for the New York Times around the same time as Mad Men is set, everyone drank during work, especially at the Times. In fact, he says the drinking at the paper was way worse than anything shown in Mad Men.

In the short video above he discusses this, including an incident when a colleague passed out on his typewriter (that’s a machine used to type words). Talese says the drinking was so bad “It was a wonder the paper could ever get out.”

The New York Times in the 1960s > College frat houses everywhere.

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