For the past two weeks the hardtsking staff has been on the Boston Globe like Brown on Williamson over the paper’s failure to publish an obituary for Boston Herald stalwart Wayne Woodlief, who died on August 12.
Yesterday the wait ended with this piece in the Boston Sunday Globe.
Wayne Woodlief, 82; longtime Boston Herald political reporter, columnist
With the future of the Boston Herald at stake in 1988, political reporter Wayne Woodlief spent days stalking Senator Edward M. Kennedy, posing the same question wherever he went: “Senator, why are you trying to kill the Herald?” . . .
“Kennedy’s Vendetta,” the paper’s headlines declared amid revelations that the senator had quietly maneuvered legislation into a catch-all spending bill that would prevent regulators from reconsidering rules preventing [Herald owner Rupert] Murdoch from owning a newspaper and a TV station in the same market.
Mr. Woodlief’s dogged, yet gentlemanly, pursuit of the senator epitomized his devotion to freedom of the press and his character, friends said.
Nice lede, nice tribute overall by Globe correspondent J.M. Lawrence.
Last word to Herald editorial page editor Rachelle Cohen: “Wayne Woodlief had a kind word for everyone he met . . . He brought civility and even grace to a highly competitive profession and to the often uncivil world of politics that he covered.”
As the headscratching staff has been asking for two weeks now, why has the Boston Globe failed to run an obituary for Boston Herald reporter/columnist Wayne Woodlief, who died at the age of 82 on August 12?
Wayne Woodlief, NF ’66 and former political columnist, dies at 82
Longtime Boston Herald political columnist and 1966 Nieman Fellow Wayne Woodlief died on Aug. 12 at the age of 82.
A graduate of Duke University, he began his journalism career as a sportswriter and later a city politics reporter for the Ledger-Star in Norfolk, Va. He then moved on to join The Virginian-Pilot/Ledger-Star’s Washington, D.C., bureau.
In 1974, Woodlief became the Boston Herald-American’s Washington correspondent. He was promoted as the newspaper’s political editor in 1977 but missed the beat and returned to reporting.
As the hardtsking staff has previously noted, the Boston Globe, for reasons known only to itself, has failed to run an obituary for the Boston Herald’s redoubtable Wayne Woodlief, who died on August 12.
Plug his name into the Globe search engine and you get this.
That one link leads to a 2011 Globe obit for Wayne’s late wife, Norine G. Johnson. But nothing for him.
Coincidentally, today’s Herald features this item.
Wayne Woodlief memorial service set for September
A memorial service to celebrate the life and memory of former Boston Herald columnist and political reporter Wayne Woodlief will be held Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.
A reception will follow at a location to be announced.
Mr. Woodlief died Aug. 12 at the age of 82.
Maybe by then the Globe will have done the right thing and run a proper remembrance of a fellow journalist.
As the hardtsking staff has extensively noted, for several weeks the Boston Globe has let an outfit called Northeast Home & Energy run this ad suggesting the roofing company has some association with the New England Patriots.
This gentle man, still with a trace of a southern drawl — a legacy of his Virginia roots — always had time to answer a question, to share a bit of political history, to put a harried day into perspective for those who thought they would never make it through to deadline.
There was no “crisis” that the man couldn’t talk you through.
Alzheimer’s robbed us first of the man we all knew — the man who could list all the possible Democratic candidates in the 8th Congressional District race of 1986. Then early yesterday morning, it claimed the rest of him, when he died peacefully in his sleep.
We ribbed and teased each other so mercilessly that our friendship began to resemble a comedy routine, especially after this column left its longtime home in sports and moved onto Wayne’s turf, which was politics.
That offered a mother lode of conversational ammunition, since he regarded this writer as something to the right of Attila the Hun while he was seen here as slightly to the left of whatever passes for normal these days.
But you don’t poke fun at someone you don’t like, and Wayne was more than liked here. Indeed, he was admired, so much so that there was no better feeling than knowing you had earned his approval.
But . . .
Not a word yet from the Boston Globe.
C’mon, Globeniks – you were quick enough to eulogize WBZ legal eagle Neil Chayet, another local media stalwart who passed away last week.
Do the write thing and give Wayne Woodlief his due.