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Johnny Apple

Legendary New York Times writer Johnny Apple famed for his unabashed egotism and penchant for exaggeration. While covering the war in Vietnam he once boasted (in the newsroom) that he had personally killed several Vietcong -- prompting an older reporter to reply: "Women and children, I presume."

[Times deputy editorial-page editor Andrew Rosenthal once remarked that Johnny Apple had the best mind and the worst body in American journalism.]

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