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day story lines and angles which enhanced positive coverage. While he sought to provide material which would bring about positive headlines, he was never reluctant to challenge a writer who took negative shots at the Bulldogs.
Jim Minter, who became editor of the Journal- Constitution, was a former sportswriter. He was a Georgia graduate who managed the sports section for many years during the great newspaper era of the fifties and sixties.
Minter, now a nonagenarian living in Fayette County, remembers Magill, greatly bothered by a negative sports story in the early fifties, calling him with a terse comment. “Jim, if captain Bobby Garrard were to drop dead of a heart attack today, the headline in the Atlanta papers would read, ‘Garrard quits Georgia team.’” After the picture day frolic in Sanford Stadium, the writers, and a broadcaster or two, including the golden throat, Ed Thilenius, would repair to Magill’s side yard on Woodlawn Ave. in Five Points for beer and Poss’ barbecue. Thecagey Magill would also invite key campus luminaries and staffers along with certain UGA faculty. Frank Sinkwich and Charley Trippi, the celebrated running backs, the mayor, and any local celebrities about town.
One summer, I called Mayor Upshaw Bentley and asked if the creek that trickled past Magill’s property could be named for the Bulldog hero. The mayor responded positively. He brought a proclamation to the picture day barbecue. It established that said creek was to be “Magill Creek” in perpetuity. Magill was greatly pleased.
A few days ago, I rode by Magill’s old homestead, stopped, and gave a salute to Magill Creek and the man who gave of himself more than any who has come UGA’s way. TalkaboutaDamn Good Dawg! He was the original.
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