Columbia Grad School of Journalism Covers 2008 Service Nation Summit

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Jimmy Breslin on volunteering

The legendary writer Jimmy Breslin, who came to lecture at Professor Dick Wald's Critical Issues in Journalism class tonight, was figuring out how to navigate the closed-off campus yesterday when I spotted him on Broadway near the 116th St. entrance.

Breslin, 77, doesn't think too much of ServiceNation's initiative to round up 100 million annual part-time volunteers by 2020. The group has declared Sept.27 a national Day of Action and is urging citizens across the country to hold community service rallies and events.

"I don't volunteer too good," Breslin said. "I like pay."

Despite the tough security, Breslin didn't need a Columbia ID to get in. Those NYPD-issued press passes can get you anywhere and Breslin walked right in the main gate.

As I escorted him toward the Journalism School building, a woman at a second checkpoint asked if he was with me — as if Jimmy Breslin needs a Columbia student to get past barricades.

"I'm with myself!" he snapped back.

AP Photo/Jim Cooper

1 comment:

michelefaye said...

This is a great post. Breslin's quotes are perfect.