I love this story too, Terry, but there's an underlying agenda to Houseman's telling it: "I, Houseman, Was the person who kept Orson Welles on the tracks; as long as I did the radio scripts, Orson had success. Without me, things instantly fell apart, as Orson was brilliant, but had NO DISCIPLINE. And the same goes for the stage: after Ieft, Orson never again had the same success. And as for film, after our parting, Orson never again had great success. But before our parting, we did Kane, which I partly wrote. And as for the business of the Mercury, after I left, it fell into chaos. We were a team."
Housman is on record as claiming that Welles's weak suit was script-writing, and Welles hated him for this.
Actually, I agree with Houseman in large part: just imagine if they'd stayed together. In five years they changed theatre, radio and film; I guess television would have been the next.
This is from the TOTI, right?