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“I can make you famous…”

  Is it about being famous? Or is it about doing good work and becoming famous as a result? As a senior editor at National Geographic for 37 years, Mary Smith worked with prominent research grantees—including primatologist Dian Fossey, paleoanthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey, and conservationist George Schaller—to produce illustrated articles for the magazine based on their work. Is it true that Leakey—who started Jane on her life’s work with chimpanzees—tried to get you [Mary] to work for him too? “Mary, I can make you famous,” he told me. He wanted me to give up my career at the magazine to go…

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