Ben Bova listed the people he credits for helping him make it as a professional writer in an article for the Naples News:
No writer stands alone. We all owe our success, such as it is, to those who taught us, inspired us, helped us understand and persevere.
Editor John W. Campbell figures prominently in that list. Bova sold him several stories before meeting him face-to-face at a Worldcon in Washington, D.C. After shaking his hand, Campbell provocatively said: “This is 1963. No democracy has ever lasted longer than 50 years, so this is obviously the last year of America’s democracy.”
Bova dredged his memory to come up with the Jeopardy!-style question that matched Campbell’s bold declaration. And he guessed right. Can you? Click the link to check your answer.
[Thanks to David Klaus for the link.]