I subscribe to the deliciously informative and oftimes witty Washington History e-newsletter, which says that on June 19, 1923, E.B. White was fired from the Seattle Times newspaper.
To quote: "White is 24 years old, living the life, in his words (written years later), 'of exalted footlessness.' "
In his memoir, he says he can understand why he was fired: "A youth who persisted in rising above facts must have been a headache to a city editor."
Look where all that "rising above the facts" led him!