They're not myths! They're new hires! Seriously, a lot of companies/groups use this philosophy. Cut your teeth on bug fixes and general maintenance, and then once you're familiar with things, you can create new code.
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On the other hand, I wonder if starting out on the nasty job of maintaining code before getting to write new code leads one to learn programming practices that make one's code easier to maintain... ;-)