The Press: Going My Way?

The boss couldn't do anything worse than say no. So Edward Breslin, 21, a $45-a-week cub Hearstling on the Detroit Times and a rabid sports fan, screwed up his courage, walked up to the city desk, and asked if he could please go see the Rose Bowl game. City Editor John MacLellan surprised him. Instead of turning him down, the boss proposed a bet: if Breslin wanted to hitchhike out to Pasadena and crash the gate, all on $50 of his own, he could go ahead. If he made it, the Times would pay him back.

At 6 a.m. on Dec....

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