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After Being Laid Off, a Newspaper Veteran Became a Sailboat Captain

It only took him 20 minutes to make his decision

Bill O’Donovan worked for a Virginia newspaper for 42 years before he was laid off. A recreational sailor, O’Donovan spent more than 100 days a year on the water — enough to help him make his hobby a business. “I turned my passion into a career,” he says in the latest episode of Spinoffs.

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