Gordon Wittenmyer knew what he wanted when he burst through the door at the Chicago Tribune.
"I thought I could just go in there, like in Spokane," said Wittenmyer, who was immediately ushered out. "I couldn't even get in."
The 19-year-old Eastern Washington University student had fallen in love with the Chicago Cubs as a youth, and wanted a job covering the team for a newspaper. The Tribune was the one he wanted.
Wrong time, wrong paper.
Wittenmyer eventually wound up in the Windy City following the Cubs, only for the rival Chicago Sun-Times.
"I was asked in an interview what I saw myself doing in five years, and I said covering the Cubs for the Tribune," Wittenmyer said. "I wound up covering them, but not for the Tribune, and it took a lot longer."
Wittenmyer stepped right into the role of a professional journalist while attending Eastern.
The 1983 graduate of Federal Way High School worked as a freelance sports writer for the Federal Way News, and wound up working all over the Northwest.More ›