Confirmation From Norman Podhoretz
Dear Jonah Goldberg:
It’s true that Al Pacino was the Commentary office boy for about a
year–or maybe only six months or so–in 1960 or 1961. The magazine was then
definitely in its leftwing phase, but I don’t think Pacino cared one way or
the other. He was then studying acting and probably took the job instead of
waiting tables. Anyhow, he was good at it: cheerful and competent and
willing to do whatever was asked of him.
I haven’t seen him since, except on the big screen, though if I remember
rightly, there was a time when he told interviewers about having worked
briefly as an office boy at Commentary.