National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day – January 9 – Will McDonough

0 Comments 09 January 2013


Out of respect I’ll keep my comments brief but I’d like to hit on 2 points today.

1. Will McDonough was to sports journalism what Jim Thorpe was to athletics – a jack of all trades. Someone whose presence will forever change how people approach the art form.

2. Not only is McDonough’s obit in The Boston Globe the best obit I’ve read of theirs….but it might be the best I’ve ever read. No lie.

It has everything. It’s comprehensive, compelling and, when it was over, I wish it went on for a few more paragraphs.

Well done Globe. After a several years of being a constant disappointment you really surprised me.

P.S. that vintage video of CBS coverage of the NFL really makes you disappointed in how things have become.

WILL MCDONOUGH | 1935-2003

Loss of a legend

One of life’s giants touched the lives of countless others

By Bob Duffy, Globe Staff  |  May 28, 2003

Lunchtime was a rumor to the nocturnal creatures who subsisted on a constant diet of caffeine, nicotine, and adrenaline while toiling into the wee hours putting out the Boston Globe back in the pre-Surgeon General’s Warning days of the late ’50s. So Ernie Roberts, a reporter for the Globe’s evening incarnation, was somewhat taken aback while strolling through the sports department one noon when he encountered the co-op kid striding purposefully past him. Continue

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