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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.