Posts tagged: TOM FOLEY
You are entitled to your own opinion about his public policy positions.
But I was always awed by one of his more personal accomplishments.
He once lost weight at the same time he gave up smoking.
Back in 1989, when Rep. Tom Foley was about to become Speaker of the House, my colleague Dan Pelle and I went back to Washington, D.C., to profile the congressman.
One morning, when were about to leave our hotel and head over to the U.S. Capitol, I was looking at some papers as I headed to the elevators. I managed to walk into the corner of a couple of walls. I butted it hard enough to open up a small gash on my forehead right at the hairline.
There was enough blood that I had to summon Dan from the lobby and change my clothes.
A bit later, when Foley studied the band-aids Dan had applied to my forehead, he winced and said something about how it must really smart. I can't remember what I said. I assume I hurried to change the subject.
For many years, I would see a little scar in the mirror and remember spending a couple of days with the congressman. Triggered all sorts of memories.
Soon after hearing the news of his passing this morning, I found myself in the newsroom men's room. I leaned over the sinks and tried hard to find my Tom Foley scar in the mirror.
But it's gone, too.
You would have seen the onetime Speaker from Spokane, Tom Foley, in this very setting. Except it wasn't Nelson Mandela at the microphone.