JIM McKAY (born James Kenneth McManus) – [Sept 24, 1921 to June 7, 2008] The Wide World of Sports (1961–1998) was my favorite program and this wonderful man breathed life into sports, particular the ones that we did not regularly see. I still remember his referring to Olga Korbut as the world’s sweetheart and his tearful professionalism when the Israeli athletes were murdered at the Olympics. Year after year, he was the voice of the Olympics, the man who held everything together. A long-time Marylander who raised horses, this Emmy winning anchor was a devoted family man and a Catholic. He attended Catholic schools as a boy and Loyola Catholic College. He severed his country in the navy as a Captain during WWII. He was buried from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD. The current CBS News and Sports chief is his son, Sean McManus.
He did the narration for a video produced by the Archdiocese of Baltimore for a video on Pope John Paul II’s 1995 visit, and to his alma mater, for a promotion of the Jesuit operated Loyola College in Maryland: “It not only teaches you how to make a living; more importantly, it teaches you how to make a life.”