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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Shelby Foote R.I.P.

Dan Huntley of the Knight-Ridder newspapers writes:

Foote was one of the few celebrities I ever met who actually listened to the people he met, instead of expounding upon his own illustrious past. My litmus test to determine if big shots are wise is--do more words go in their ears than come out of their mouths? Foote had a 2 to 1 ratio.

"Now tell me your name, son."
"Tell me where your people are from."

...Foote was a gracious gentleman with a humorous élan that he wore as casually as his trademark seersucker suits--permanently wrinkled in the moist Delta heat. He was a literate and worldly grandfather who used both hands to shake your one...