Happy Birthday, Dr. J! If you were at St. Bona’s today, there would be a grand and happy celebration honoring you and all you have done.

I would also tell you that I have now been a reporter for 42 years after leaving your tutelage, and I can honestly say there has not been one day – not one – that I have not been guided by something you taught me. “Eschew the verb to be, Mr. McCarthy.” “Use a stronger verb, Mr. McCarthy.” “Use fewer words, Mr. McCarthy.”

It was good guidance then, and good guidance now. Thank you for everything, Dr. J!

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