For years after W. Marshall Johnson retired from The Associated Press, his presence remained undeniable at the newsgathering organization’s Richmond bureau. All you had to do was open the front door at the downtown office on a summer day, take a long, deep breath and smile.
The bureau chief had a vase full of them in her corner office. So did the bureau’s administrative assistant. There were more sitting in a coffee can full of water in the break room, and even more on the main news desk.