Enormous Foote Prints: On the SMU Campus, the Texas Writing Giant Lives On
|DeGolyer Library director Russell Martin, Horton Foote and SMU president R. Gerald Turner in 2003|
Anyway. Russell Martin, director of the DeGolyer Library, has posted this recollection of his time spent with Foote assembling his archives. Thought it worth sharing. An excerpt:
"DeGolyer Library acquired Horton Foote's papers in 1991, beginning a long and fruitful relationship. Almost every year since 1991, he would send us additional material for the collection. I'll never forget visiting him once at his home in Wharton and he prepared freshly squeezed orange juice and scrambled eggs for me. We then sat in his kitchen for hours and talked about, and solved, all the problems of the world, none of which were insurmountable when approached with his unique perspective, a magical combination of sympathy and irony. He loved the human voice, the stories we tell. No one listened any better."