Johnny Apple & David Halberstam
"What Crouse referred to as [legendary New York Times reporter Johnny Apple]'s 'braggadocio, his grandstanding, his mammoth ego' dominated the portrait in 'The Boys on the Bus.' An account of Apple's first meeting with David Halberstam is fairly typical of Crouse's Apple stories. It describes Apple sauntering over to Halberstam's desk to inform him, at some length, that at a party the previous evening -- a party that included some Sulzberger cousins and a Times vice-president -- Halberstam's name had been mentioned quite favorably. Finally, Crouse wrote, Halberstam said his first words to Johnny Apple: 'F--- off, kid!'"