19 Mar The one time I met Jimmy Breslin
It has to be more than 20 years ago. I was helping to organize the SPJ Region 1 conference in Port Jefferson and we decided to find a keynote speaker.
Jimmy Breslin, a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist, was our top choice, but we weren’t sure he’d do it since it would be a long haul from his home in the city.
My invitation was quickly accepted. He didn’t want any money for travel expenses or anything — telling stories about life as a journalist to others in the field was all he needed.
I met him for the first time in person just before his speech to a sold-out crowd was about to start, and he couldn’t have been nicer.
Breslin died today, the Daily News reported. He was 88.
Thank you, Jimmy, and may you rest in peace.