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VT Headlines: Former newsman J.B. McKinley finishes his last page

J.B. McKinley, unforgettable, longtime editor at the News & Citizen in Morrisville, died at his home while reading a book – a fitting end for one of the best-read, most self-educated Vermont journalists ever. Above, J.B. jumps into the frigid waters of Lake Elmore during the Polar Splash. News & Citizen file photo

Editor’s note: I shared an office with J.B. McKinley at the News & Citizen for two years. Every good word written about him in Tommy Gardner’s news story below is true, in my experience. And I would add that J.B. displayed his humor, kindness, encouragement, gentleness and humility with perhaps the best grasp of the English language, and especially its vocabulary, that I have ever met face-to-face. He was never a pedantic show-off, as so many others are. He just loved it and lived it.

His secret is that he didn’t own a television. He loved and watched movies incessantly, but his favorite pasttime was reading – always, always reading, for awareness of the world around him as it was, is, and could be, and just plain fun.

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