Woodworking: Our profession is no different: Plenty of tall tales to tell
I suppose every occupation has its reminiscers. Teachers talk about professors they've known (usually absentminded); plumbers have grisly stories about septic tanks; politicians tell of solons of the past who really knew how to turn a phrase.
I got into journalism late in life, when I was over 40.
Until that time I had admired the famous practitioners, like Addison and Steele, H.L. Mencken, Walter Lippman, Woodward and Bernstein.