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His colleagues at the Globe remember Will

Page 2 of 7 -- And so will the Globe, the beneficiary of his largesse.
DON SKWAR, sports editor

In my career as a sportswriter, I have been privileged to know two real titans of the business: Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times, whom I used to sit opposite at the old press room at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and, of course, Will McDonough, whom I was fortunate to count as an esteemed colleague and friend. What fascinated me about being in their presence was listening to the stories they told, which, in essence, made them who they were. Supreme storytellers. Murray engaged me one afternoon at the Brickyard with stories of the days when he covered Hollywood for a national magazine and dined with Marilyn Monroe and had cocktails with Humphrey Bogart. As for Will? Well, during one memorable ride back to Hingham from Truro, where we spent a glorious summer day on the links golfing with the boss, he regaled me with story upon story about his career covering Boston's pro sports teams. Who needed sports talk blaring from my radio when I had the one man with an encyclopedic recall of the last four decades of Boston sports riding shotgun in my car? In fact, I can't recall if I ever did turn on the car radio on the drive back home, but I do know it was one ride I won't soon forget.
MICHAEL VEGA, sportswriter

Four years ago, as 1999 was about to turn into 2000, the Globe ran a series of profiles on New England's top 100 athletes of the 20th century. As one of several staffers assigned to write about the athletes' accomplishments, I was urged to include an update on their current activities.

It was no problem to ascertain most of their whereabouts, whether through an Internet search engine or just plain memory, but one had me stumped.

Whatever happened to Mike Haynes? And who better to ask about a former Patriot than Will McDonough? I approached Will, who immediately picked up his phone and called the Oakland Raiders, Haynes's last team. Needless to say, the answer came quickly. So typical of Will: for the smallest request from a colleague, it was never a big deal for him to lend a hand.
JUDY VAN HANDLE, sports copy editor

Will McDonough may have been one of the toughest journalists ever to strike a key in Boston, but in the newsroom, he was also one of the nicest. Will was never too important to stop by the news "pod" (cubicle) and say hello to us newcomers - mostly people who weren't even born when he started at the Globe. He made us feel welcome in the newsroom from Day One.
EDDIE MEDINA, news producer   Continued...

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