Longtime New Yorker receptionist pens memoir

June 27, 2012 • Entertainment

This book cover image released by Algonquin shows “The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker,” by Janet Groth. (AP Photo/Algonquin)

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker” (Algonquin), by Janet Groth

During the peak “Mad Men” era and beyond, Janet Groth spent over two decades — 1957 to 1978 — as a receptionist for The New Yorker, watching a parade of famous writers, poets, cartoonists and editors pass by her desk on the 18th floor of the magazine’s midtown office building. But unlike the determined Peggy Olson on “Mad Men,” Groth never rose through the ranks of the magazine as she expected to. Instead, she stayed at her post for 21 years, not marking time exactly — she earned a Login to read more

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