Let's Talk Butte with Nancy Foote

 Rick Foote, late husband of Nancy Foote.

Rick Foote, late husband of Nancy Foote.

Let’s Talk Butte with Nancy Foote

Today on Let’s Talk Butte, we hear excerpts of an oral history with Nancy Foote, widow of longtime Butte journalist Rick Foote. This interview was recorded at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, and is part of an ongoing oral history series funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In today’s episode, we begin with Nancy Foote giving us a little background on her former husband’s time in Vietnam, and his early days in journalism school.

[Nancy 1]

Rick Foote’s long career in journalism in Butte didn’t stop and start with the Montana Standard, and Nancy explains here.

[Nancy 2]

Rick went on to cooking school in Calgary, Alberta, but upon returning to Butte found an opportunity he couldn’t refuse, and decided to stay in the journalism field. Karen Sullivan, who at the time was working at the Butte Weekly and the Mini Nickel, and was yet to become Butte-Silver Bow’s Health Department Director, recommended a next step for Rick Foote.

[Nancy 3]

You’re listening to Let’s Talk Butte, and today we’re hearing excerpts of an oral history with Nancy Foote, widow of longtime Butte journalist Rock Foote. This interview was recorded at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives as part of an ongoing oral history series, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. When we come back, we’ll hear more about Rick’s reporting, and focus on his coverage of Touch America, Bob Gannon, and the stock losses at Montana Power. Stay with us.

[Nancy 4]

I asked Nancy Foote what compelled Rick to hold people’s feet to the fire as a reporter.

[Nancy 5]

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When asked about her own take on Butte, Nancy says it’s been a mixed relationship with her home town over the years.

[Nancy 7]

You’ve been listening to Lets Talk Butte, today featuring excerpts of an oral history with Nancy Foote, widow of longtime Butte journalist Rick Foote. Find this and other episodes at our website, butteamericaradio.org.