“An Unforgettable Lead From a Inimitable Writer”

Mike Feinsilber describes this writing by New York Times reporter Margalit Fox in her Reginald Foster obit as “an unforgettable lead from an inimitable writer”:

“Reginald Foster, a former plumber’s apprentice from Wisconsin who, in four decades as an official Latinist of the Vatican, dreamed in Latin, cursed in Latin, banked in Latin and ultimately tweeted in Latin, died on Christmas Day at a nursing home in Milwaukee. He was LXXXI.”

And, later, this:

“Father Foster was indeed a monk — a member of the Discalced Carmelite order — but he was a monk who looked like a stevedore, dressed like a janitor, swore like a sailor (usually in Latin) and spoke Latin with the riverine fluency of a Roman orator.”

Mike Feinsilber spent a quarter century with UPI and a quarter century with AP in Washington, with a spell as assistant bureau chief and a stint as writing coach.

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