Leo’s justification for pulps during World War II . . .
There’s such a thing as morale, you know. You can’t take it in your hand the way you do a Garand automatic rifle. What’s that got to do with the kind of magazines I edit? Plenty. When you read ‘escape’ books, you escape for the moment from the drab realism of life. . . But ‘escapism’ isn’t new as far as the pulps go. That has been the foundation stone of the business ever since it started. . . In this one phase alone the pulp magazine is well worth while.
Leo was a war correspondent during World War II; a friend described a story . . .
GIs were forbidden to enter Japan [right after the war ended], but Leo Margulies had his own ideas. Under cover of darkness, he slipped ashore in an isolated area, his only companion a Japanese man. Leo's face would light up with a wide smile as he recounted the event – the guide began to have misgivings.
Writers appreciated Leo’s and Cylvia’s help . . .
STEPHEN KING to Cylvia: "Hope you like it well enough to use it – and again thanks for the note. When you’re getting started in this cockamamie business, a kind word can go a long way."
RAY BRADBURY to Leo: "Meantime, thanks again, remembering the push up you gave me back in the days when I was 21 and 22 years old."
ISAAC ASIMOV to Cylvia, addressing her as “The Most Beautiful Earth Woman on Venus” and “Mistress of my heart.” One letter began: "The check arrived safely and so sweet is your signature that I feel sad at the thought of having to cash it and let it out of my fond grasp."
SYL MCDOWELL to Leo: "You are my oldest friend still inhabiting this planet and we have so much to say and share . . . So please come back and amaze us all over again."