I’m not sure what Rick Foote though of puns, but the Butte Weekly (no web site) gave him a nice front-page sendoff this week. His death was reported in the Oct. 10 Outpost, and he had been the only editor the Weekly ever had (it is a few months older than the Outpost).
I thought I should write something about Foote in the paper, but it occurred to me that I probably didn’t know him well enough to do him justice. He was an original Montana character, tough and confrontational, with plenty of rough edges, and a revered figure at Butte Press Club meetings.
Most of my conversations with him over the years have been over the phone, and they have usually gone like this:
Me: This is David.
Him: This is Foote. I’m stealing your column.
There wasn’t much bullshit in the man.