“I’ll accept all awards!” the 82-year-old Breslin told New York Daily News reporter Stephen Rex Brown after learning that he, along with seven others, will be inducted in November to the Deadline Club’s revived New York Journalism Hall of Fame.
Breslin is an emblem of a bygone daily newspaper era. The November 14 honor at Sardi’s is a nice addition to a career that also encompasses the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Breslin told Brown he’s working right now on a novel and that his success tracks back to Queens:
“If you were in Ozone Park when my career started, you would have known I was going to get here!” said Breslin. “Because Ozone Park was a place that you had to work hard — and that brings vast rewards.”
At press time, there are – somewhat comically – two reader comments for this Daily News item. The first praises Breslin as a “national treasure” while the second comes from an angry former waiter who served Breslin after once throwing a shoe at a TV set because it was displaying the reporter.