Don is missed by many. In this space, his family, friends and colleagues reflect on their favorite memories.
This photo was taken on the afternoon of March 30, 1995, the last day of publication of The Milwaukee Journal.
From Michael Juley, a longtime Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor:
Top 10 reasons why I’m really, really going to miss Don Walker
10. He could spend the afternoon interviewing billionaires or covering the president of the United States, and then that night sit next to you on a barstool.
9. He had a difficult time editing his jokes, but he could edit the hell out of any story.
8. You could trust his news judgment, and you also could trust that he would gracefully catch every softball hit in his general direction in left field.
7. He could jump through all sorts of newsroom hoops during the day, and then be the hoops star every Friday night on the basketball court.
6. He felt comfortable in any environment, be it a tony lake mansion, a troubled central city home or at the Avalanche Bar.
5. He enjoyed a wide range of music, from AC/DC and Dylan to Mountain and the Replacements, and he enjoyed hockey, from the Detroit Red Wings to the Milwaukee Admirals.
4. He could kick your butt in a five-mile run, and then discuss it afterward while proudly gripping a PBR.
3. He could write about the business of the Milwaukee Brewers, and then go to a baseball game that night and intelligently second-guess every move the manager would make.
2. He had rhythm, enough to play drums in a newsroom band and enough to sense the right pace in a panicked newsroom.
1. Above all, he loved his wife and children, was proud of what his sons accomplished and made sure they had a loving home.
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