Aaron Britt was 24 when he was hired as Bill Safire's researcher. "'I'm for you,' he'd say," writes Britt, "and then he would grade my most recent research file with a C-. Then he'd tell me why, what to do better, and send me off again." Now a San Francisco Chronicle fashion writer, Britt says "I've always come back to [Safire's] idea that a columnist is worthless if he's only opinion and no reporting. I don't go to press until I've done an interview or two."
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