M l y Ii' GEORGE L. McKAY,for 30 years the devoted curator ofthe Grolier Club, is also well-known for Iiis many fine bibliographies. In this article, assisted by Francis Harvey, new to PRINT readers, he paints a close- up portrait of P.A.B., his oldfriend, colleague and Dean of the Typophiles. BACK in the early 1930's, a group of raen who worked with type and in related fields, met regularly for lunch at Budry's, a French restaurant on New York's West 50th Street. One of their number, Paul A. Bennett, soon became acknowledged leader of the group, sometimes referred to as the Biblio- Beef-Eaters but officially baptized The Typophiles. At that time Paul Bennett was just about beginning his quarter-century association with the Mergenthaler Linotype Company (he joined their Typographie Department in 1928). Today he is Linotype's Typo graphie Promotion Manager and one of the better- known and respected figures among "Biblio-Beef- Eaters" throughout the United States and Canada. Never a man to do anything by halves, Paul Bennett is also largely responsible for the growth of The Typophiles. Budry's French restaurant has given way to Rockefeiler Center now, but the group still meets for weekly lunchcons at the Architectural League on East 40th Street. Under Bennett's super- vision, The Typophiles have undertaken numerous publications, among them the famous Typophile Chap Books. Many of the country's best designers and printers have had a hand in these books, but among the Typophiles who make and read them, Paul A. Bennett ranks as the Dean of them all. Bennett has acquired his title and craftsmanship not only because of the jobs he has held but also because—a natural extroverthe likes to get around and meet people. As a young man, he came to know The Dean of Typophiles, man and boy. Bennett, above, in his Jackson Heights home and below, aged eleven months. 9

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