The Press: Breakfast with Godfrey

"It's awfully damned early to get up," says Alan Otten, Washington bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. "You get ragged and your wife gets irritable." But Otten continues to rise at 6:30 several mornings a month for "Breakfast with Godfrey." The lure is a chance to fire questions at a politician before the sleep is out of his I's.

Named after Godfrey Sperling Jr., news manager of the Washington bureau of the Christian Science Monitor, "Breakfast with Godfrey" has become a Washington institution. Since 1966, when he invited his old friend Charles Percy to lunch with a few fellow newsmen, Sperling...

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