Milton Caniff enrolled in The Ohio State University
in the fall of 1925. He visited Billy Ireland at his Columbus Dispatch office to ask for a job. Ireland sent him away with instructions to make a drawing that would cause him to jump out of his chair. Caniff returned the next day with this drawing and Ireland hired him on the spot. Caniff worked at the newspaper until he was laid off in 1932 as a
result of the Depression.