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Journalist’s passing conjures fond memories from a protégé

Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker, died Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker, died Sunday, March 19, 2017. AP file, 1991

When the news arrived that New York writer Jimmy Breslin had died of pneumonia Sunday morning at 88, I realized I had a story to tell about him.

He had helped start me in the newspaper business 20 years ago. I was a Columbia student. He was decades into a successful career as an author and columnist. Our only connection was the fact I’d found his phone number.

Via Twitter, I explained how that worked out.

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