Bye, Bye Boyle
Retired editor-in-chief Kevin Boyle, avec mustache, during his earliest days at The Wave knocking out one of his famous Boyleing Points columns. He will be missed.
By Joan Ward George
There were no tears here Wednesday afternoon; no hoopla or drawn out good byes. When Kevin Boyle exited The Wave office this week for the last time as its editor-in-chief, those of us watching him leave offered him a quiet "God’s speed" as he moves on to his next life’s venture.
Change is not inherently a good or bad thing. But, in the case of Kevin Boyle’s recent retirement as Wave editor-in-chief, change is a bittersweet mixture. There’s the sadness for those of us left behind without his brilliant wit and sparkling presence, along with some really good feelings of newness and rebirth as the editorial staff moves on with a fresh young editor at its helm.
John McLoughlin, who has served The Wave diligently as its editorial assistant over the past year, was the hands-down choice for Boyle’s replacement. His ties with the community and his people skills, coupled with his knowledge and love of Rockaway make McLoughlin a natural.
As Boyle cautiously assisted in moving The Wave in the new computer era, McLoughlin has great ideas and some surprises planned as we all move forward into the new millennium. McLoughlin also serves the Rockaway community with the same professionalism and commitment that he brings to The Wave. A third generation Rockawayite and Belle Harbor resident, McLoughlin was the Rockaway representative to City Councilman Al Stabile and is involved with numerous civic and community organizations.
Filling in for McLoughlin as editorial assistant will be Heather Dalton, another life-long Rockaway resident and a real find for The Wave’s editorial staff. A Boston College graduate and former editor of a national women’s magazine, Dalton brings a new level of expertise to the paper that should blend well with McLoughlin’s plans.
The editorial team is completed with veteran’s Joan Ward George, crime reporter and associate editor, and the old master Leon Locke, who serves as owner, publisher and heads up the editorial support staff.
Boyle’s moving-on to greater things is something that we don’t begrudge him. We wish Professor Boyle all good things as he leads young minds into his special brand of journalism. We wish daddy Boyle all the best, as he continues his role as part-time stay-at-home dad for Brian and Seanie. (We all at The Wave will especially miss regular visits from Seanie, who has literally been with us from birth)
They’ll be no more "Boyle-ing Points", sparring matches with Big Al and Lew, graphic e-mail hilarity, or bananas for lunch. His mother’s legendary cooking techniques are safe from public ridicule for the time being, as is Beverly’s whereabouts when she’s really trying to hide out.
Slan! To you Kevin, from Leon, Sandy, Felicia, John, Theresa, James, Carol, Pauline, Emil, Doug, Angel, Kathleen, Marilyn, Irving, Brendon, and me. "It was a great run!"
We’re sure gonna miss you!