Quotes good for reporters

By Willis Webb


“I like your column about Charlie Wilson. Sounds like you know him pretty well, like maybe y’all’s hats hung from some of the same bedposts.” — Joe Tonahill, renowned attorney and bon vivant Reporters love good quotes. They make a story more real, more human. Sometimes they “spice up” a story that might otherwise be rather dull. Often, they’re pretty funny, occasionally hilarious. And, sometimes a quote is downright scary. Quotes from colorful people like the late Jasper attorney, Joe Tonahill are worth their weight in gold. I loved Joe and was privileged to call him friend. Tonahill is probably one of the most successful plaintiff’s attorneys in Texas history. He won hundreds of cases, many on contingency, meaning a percentage of whatever a jury awarded his client. Joe lacked neither brains nor character nor a sense of humor. 
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