Integrity an early McKay hallmark

When Jim McKay and Margaret McManus came back to Maryland, after 30 years of the New York life and Jim's accomplishments with ABC, they bought a grand horse farm in Baltimore County, and that's where, among his old friends from The Evening Sun, I first heard his stories from newspaper days.

He went off for fame and fortune and came back to his adopted home state.

He was a giant of his industry but never behaved as one.

In the life of anyone whoever amounts to anything, there are mentors - or, at least, older men and women who inspire and encourage us. They remember what it was for them, back at the beginning, when the world was new and scary. They understand the importance of praise and the gracious sharing of wisdom with the young people coming along behind them.

In my life, being once new to Baltimore, the men and women who extended their hands and uttered good words were many, and Jim McKay was foremost among them - always with a kind comment, a generous message or note, or a funny story dashed with a wink and a smile.

dan.rodricks@baltsun.com

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