CHESTER GOULD's comic strip, Dick Tracy, was inspired by the real-life war between organized crime and the Chicago police. It was the 61st idea Chester Gould submitted to the Chicago Tribune. The other 60 were rejects. At age 21 with a mail-order cartooning course completed and the Tribune as his goal, and nothing was going to stop him. For ten years he pitched syndicate head Joseph Medill Patterson. He earned a degree at NU's night school, supporting himself doing commercial work.