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February 29, 1988 | LEONARD SHAPIRO, Washington Post
Jim McKay knows everyone is saying this will be his last Olympics. ABC doesn't have the rights to the Seoul Summer Games, and McKay surely has the right to sit back and watch from the sidelines after 10 Olympics and a zillion miles in pursuit of Acapulco cliff divers, hot dog skiers and Sumo wrestlers. But don't tell that to McKay. He's just signed a new multi-year contract with the network and, at age 66, says quite firmly, "I still love what I'm doing.
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June 8, 2008 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Jim McKay, whose commanding presence, eloquence and versatility as a broadcaster made him the face and voice of sporting events around the globe for American audiences, died Saturday. He was 86. McKay died of natural causes at his farm in Monkton, Md., according to his son, Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports.
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SPORTS
February 5, 2008 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Phil Mickelson had tickets to the Super Bowl and he was in the Phoenix area for the PGA Tour's FBR Open on Sunday, but he decided earlier in the day that he wasn't going to go to the big game. So what did he do with his tickets? He gave them to a pair of fans who had been following his round, according to the Arizona Republic. Drew Fockler, 11, who had asked Mickelson for his autograph before the round, told the Republic that Mickelson's caddie, Jim McKay, approached him near the third tee and asked whether he liked football.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1988
Thank you, Outtakes' Quibbles (Jan. 17), for picking up on ABC commentator Jim McKay's ludicrous comment regarding Debi Thomas' "street smart" feel for the music at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. You folks are really on top of it. ROSS COLLIER Pomona
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1988
It is bad enough that commercials make up what seems like 99% of Olympic airtime, but what's worse is that we have to listen to Bryant Gumbel the other 1%. Where's Jim McKay when ya need him? HEIDI GERSTENFELD Studio City
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1988
Sorry, Outtakes, but I have to disagree with Ross Collier's praise (Calendar Letters, Jan. 24) of a recent Outtakes Quibble (Jan. 17). Jim McKay did not make the comment about Debi Thomas having a "street smart" sense of music. ABC figure-skating commentator Dick Button made the inappropriate remark. KATHY ORIBA Culver City
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1996
Dick Van Dyke, Betty White and the late Michael Landon will be among those honored when CBS broadcasts the 11th annual "Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame" on April 18. Others to be inducted into the academy's Hall of Fame during the program are journalist Bill Moyers and sportscaster Jim McKay.
SPORTS
May 27, 1988 | Associated Press
Bill Bradley, who was the captain of the 1964 U.S. Olympic basketball team, and four others were inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Thursday night.
SPORTS
March 1, 1986
The big difference between Larry Bird and the rest of the NBA (Magic Johnson, etc.) is that Bird has great games every night (four triple doubles in five recent games). I think Bird's ability to turn the spectacular into the norm has gone unnoticed by one person in this world--L.A.-loyal Scott Ostler It's funny isn't it. The Lakers beat Philadelphia by 34 points without Magic. They then beat Philly by four points in overtime with Magic. I'll have to agree with Ostler, the difference, indeed, was Magic.
OPINION
October 20, 2003
Re "Bush Faces Hostile Environment," Commentary, Oct. 14: Gregg Easterbrook iterates lengthy accomplishments in water and air quality, pollution control, etc., over recent decades as evidence that President Bush's environmental policies are not so bad. How, pray tell, does Bush get credit for this? This administration's policies passed in the last two years have reversed the very laws, supported on both sides of the aisle, by which these gains have been made. This rah-rah justification for Bush's policy is false advertising.
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February 24, 2003 | Larry Stewart
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, heard, observed, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. One exception: No products will be endorsed. * What: "Jim McKay: My Wide World of Sports." Where: HBO, tonight, 10. Legendary sportscaster Jim McKay is a classy gentleman.
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January 30, 2002 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everyone has his own story, Jim McKay is saying, and that's what makes the Olympics so great, so different from every other sporting enterprise. There is, for instance, the tale of Billy Fiske, the first American killed in World War II, who was a star rider in the 1930s at the Cresta Run in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where the sport of skeleton--a sort of head-first luge--was developed. And there is Eddie the Eagle, the low-flying Brit at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
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January 11, 2001 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON
Jim McKay, the legendary ABC broadcaster who came to personify America's relationship with the Olympics as the Games grew into a made-for-TV event, will work the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City for NBC, network executives announced Wednesday. The 79-year-old McKay--or, as NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol called him, "Mr. Olympics"--will do triple duty in Salt Lake City. McKay will work in the studio alongside NBC host Bob Costas.
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June 9, 1998 | LARRY STEWART
What: "The Real McKay: My Wide World of Sports," by Jim McKay Publisher: Dutton Price: $24.95 Sometimes nice guys do finish first. Jim McKay is a gold-medal winning announcer, and a gold-medal winning person. His book is like the man himself--a joy to be with. McKay's story shows hard work pays off, and so does being in the right place at the right time.
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February 23, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
An open letter to my new son: Dear David, Your first Olympics have come and gone. One blessing about being 5 months old is that you're one of the few people at home who hasn't been irritated by CBS' television coverage. Remind me to tell you some day about Jim McKay. When Michelle Kwan wasn't too many years older than you are now, she heard about the Olympics and thought they were a place.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1988
The almighty BUCK is NBC's shepherd, They shall not want. It maketh them lie down in constant commercials, It leadeth them to destroy the Olympic games. It refreshes their soul, It guides them in the path of "happy talk" and less event coverage. Yea, though the public walks through the valley of the shadow of fifth-rate commentators, NBC fears no evil for the new TV season hasn't begun yet. How we long for Jim McKay and his staff to comfort us. ABC always laid out the games before us. They anointed our heads with competent sportscasters.
SPORTS
July 18, 1992
Let's face it, the networks should not be allowed to televise major sporting events. They are more concerned with ratings than sports coverage. --How can I see Wimbledon when I do not have HBO? And NBC, are you going to televise tennis or basketball? You can't have both (even though you tried). --ABC should be banned from televising golf. Jack Whitaker and Jim McKay should be put to rest (or assigned to the World Cup). Please let me watch the U.S. Open, or any Open, without these guys.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1996
Dick Van Dyke, Betty White and the late Michael Landon will be among those honored when CBS broadcasts the 11th annual "Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame" on April 18. Others to be inducted into the academy's Hall of Fame during the program are journalist Bill Moyers and sportscaster Jim McKay.
SPORTS
February 19, 1994
I am the ultimate Olympics fan, but I don't think I'll be watching much more this year. I watched all day Sunday expecting to see some events. All I saw was advertisements for the prime-time show (on which I saw approximately nine minutes of competition in the first hour) and heard the anchors tell who won all the events. Who wants to watch the downhill when you already know Tommy Moe won? Everyone made fun of NBC's triplecast, but at least you got to see the competition. ABC, it's never been the same since you lost it. Jim McKay, where are you when we need you?
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