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James H. McCartney 1925-2011

James H. McCartney

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June 07, 2011
Jim was one of those journalists who I looked up to and tried to follow. He welcomed me into the fold with a big smile and no hesitation. His son, Bob, follows in that tradition and does his father proud. Thanks, Jim.
June 06, 2011
Our winters in Florida were always made brighter and happier because of our friendship with Jim. We looked forward to his lectures each year at Anna Maria's library. Being Canadians we loved to get Jim's perspective on American politics. We knew he was a staunch Democrat but if we lived in the USA, we would be too. He and Molly kindly invited us into their lives - something we appreciated so much. We will miss his smile, his wit and his wisdom.
June 04, 2011
Life was better knowing he existed.
June 03, 2011
Jim had a smile that could cut through steel and win over hearts. Like all his colleagues in the Gridiron Club, he had no shame when it came to wearing ridiculous costumes to portray politicians. On top of all that, he could see through the verbiage and dissembling of politicians and government officials and write penetrating stories. We all have good reason to miss him.
June 02, 2011
I will miss Jim's friendship, humor, energetic if fractured Shakespeare performances, and thoughtful, uncensored political insights. I will also miss being in the same room with the warm happiness that he and Molly exuded as a couple.
June 02, 2011
Jim and I first became acquainted when I showed up at the Michigan State News in 1947. He befriended and mentored me as our relationship developed and I was embraced by his entire family. What a joyous crowd it was. We went through good and bad together and he was always there for me when times were toughest. With Jim there was always time for fun and laughter He knew how to enjoy life and tell a good story. I'm grateful for the memories he left me.
June 02, 2011
Eye met Jim through Bill Eaton; those two were echte Chicago reporters, always looking for the telephone to make the blue streak, street edition. McCartney was deceptive, in that he hid a quick, penetrating mind behind a warm sense of humor. Bill and Jim, Northwestern's gifts, are irreplaceable. Murray Seeger, Silver Spring, MD
June 01, 2011
Laughs are in short supply. Jim provided many, and for that I'm eternally grateful.
June 01, 2011
i have known mr. mccartney since 1968 when my parents, younger brothers, and i moved next door. mr. m was always very cheerful and outgoing his kids babysat us. the last time i saw him was a few years ago when he visited us at the beach. he was very bubbling & outgoing as ever. although it's been many years since we were neighbors i will never forget him & miss him.
xoxo tory
May 19, 2011
May 19

I became a friend of Jim's when he was at Knight Ridder in DC and I was Bureau Chief at the Detroit News, the dreaded competitor.

That never got in the way, for 10 years. I left for other jobs, he stayed.

And lo and behold, we run in to each other at a media lunch group we both later joined here in Sarasota, FL.

Met his whole family at a Sarasota bayside, outside lunch spot, the Salty Dog, shared more memories, stories, laughs.

I miss him as do his wife, friends, students, readers, and colleagues.

Rest well old friend!

Gary Schuster
Sarasota, FL