How the New York Times Crossword Editor Constructed His Dream Career

From an Inside the Times story by Deb Amlen headlined “How Will Shortz Constructed His Dream Career”:

When a young Will Shortz turned in a middle school essay about what he thought becoming an adult would be like, his teacher was certain that he had not understood the assignment. His goal of becoming a “professional puzzle maker” had little to do with the adult responsibilities the teacher was hoping to read about. He was given a B+.