Vita Brevis—

Prior to his arrival in Saigon in 1959, assuming an intern position with the import division of Curt R. Schaeffer Company, Neale Wheeler Watson, founder and current CEO of Watson Publishing International LLC,  attended Lawrenceville School, Yale University (Davenport College), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, and the University of Durham, (St. Cuthberts). Following an unexpectedly swift departure from Saigon via Marseille and a brief stint with a Bavarian touring theater company performing Franz Grillparzer, he spent several years in the Middle East and Africa.

Stationed in Beirut, he represented the International Division of McGraw-Hill Book Company and traveled extensively in a territory extending from Istanbul to Dhaka, including visits to Libya, Egypt, the Sudan, and Ethiopia. And curiously enough to Liberia and the Upper Niger. Recalled to North America, he was appointed assistant to the president of the Canadian subsidiary of McGraw-Hill (Toronto), and eventually established a marketing and editorial liaison office in Francophone Canada (Montreal).

Upon leaving McGraw-Hill, he returned to New York, was hired as marketing director of American Elsevier coincident to the merger with North-Holland, and thereafter briefly employed as export sales manager for Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich.

In the early 1970s, with the encouragement of friends and former colleagues, and holding his breath, he established Neale Watson Academic Publications, Inc., selling shares wherever he could.