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We’re really looking forward to having you all in Minnesota this weekend for Steve’s memorial service. Below are details for the weekend. Please e-mail Mike at mwesleybuttry@gmail.com if you have any questions.
There has been a CHANGE in Friday evening’s plans. We ended up having too many people for bowling at Pinstripes (a good problem to have), so anyone who wants to get together on Friday evening can connect at Fuddruckers in Bloomington, MN. We have part of a back room/patio from 5-8 pm.
Steve’s memorial service will start at the Earl Brown Heritage Center at 4 pm. We’ll have a program that will last for a little over an hour. That will be followed by a dinner. It’s attached to the Embassy Suites where many guests will be staying. For those who are driving, there’s a bit of construction around EBHC, so allow a few extra minutes to get there.
Again, we’re looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Mimi, Mike, Joe and Tom

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The LSU Manship School of Mass Communication will also be holding a memorial service in honor of Steve at 4:30 Monday, April 3 at the Holliday Forum in the LSU Journalism Building.  Further details are in the link below.

Buttry Memorial Service

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We’d like to thank everyone again for the continuing love and support we’ve received since Steve’s passing.  This post is to remind and provide some more details for Steve’s memorial service, which will take place at 4pm, Saturday April 8, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Minneapolis, MN.  Directions to the venue are also on the website.

For guests arriving on Friday the 7th, we welcome you to join us at Pinstripes in Edina, MN from 5pm-7pm for bowling and other fun.

If you plan to attend either event and haven’t already been in contact with one of us, please let Mike Buttry know at mwesleybuttry@gmail.com.

Finally, there are blocks of hotel rooms available for out-of-town guests under the name “Buttry Memorial.”

  • The Embassy Suites Minneapolis North is directly adjacent to the Earle Brown Heritage Center.  Reservations under the block close on March 21.
  • The Westin Edina Galleria is located near Mike and Susie in Edina, about 20 minutes away from the venue.  Reservations under the block close on April 1.

Again, thank you for the continued love and support.  While the pain of Steve’s passing is still with us, we have found genuine solace in the positive impact he’s had on so many of your lives.

Mimi, Tom, Mike and Joe

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The public memorial for Steve Buttry will take place on 4:00pm, Saturday, April 8th at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Minneapolis, MN.  This will be a celebration of Steve’s life and we welcome everyone who wishes to attend.  We are working to set up a block of rooms at the Embassy Suites hotel adjacent to the venue, which should be available to book starting on Monday, February 27.  In lieu of flowers, please contribute any memorials to the Steve Buttry Scholarship Fund at the Manship School of Mass Communications at LSU.

We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support we’ve received since Steve’s passing.  We will continue to moderate and post comments (though nowhere near as rapidly as Steve would) for the next couple of weeks.

Below are the links to several touching and publicly posted tributes about Steve.  These are by no means comprehensive, and of course, don’t include all of the touching personal messages and comments we’ve received in the past few days.

Again, thank you so much for all of the love and support.

Mimi, Tom, Mike and Joe

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My Current story about journalism ethics in private behavior prompted a podcast on the topic by one of my former American University students. Here’s my “It’s All Journalism” podcast with Michael O’Connell:


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I’ve received some welcome attention from media lately, mostly because of my holiday letter, which acknowledged my terminal cancer.

Daniel Finney, a longtime friend who’s a Des Moines Register columnist, wrote his Christmas Day column about Mimi and me, after interviewing us both.

Another old friend, Paul Stevens, noted the Finney piece in his Connecting newsletter, which prompted some praise in a subsequent edition of Connecting from John Lumpkin, yet another old friend.

Next came an interview Tuesday evening with Jim Engster on the Louisiana Radio Network.

Also Tuesday, Current published a story I wrote about journalism ethics and community involvement.

Update: Sunday, Jan. Matt Hansen’s column in the Omaha World-Herald was about Mimi (and men who command women they don’t even know to “Smile!”). But I got a mention.

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I am teaching a class at Washington and Lee University today on news literacy.

We’ll be discussing fake news sites and I will be showing the students these links:

Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content

Hyperpartisan Facebook pages are publishing false and misleading information at an alarming rate

How teens in the Balkans are duping Trump supporters with fake news

Snopes’ field guide to fake news sites and hoax purveyors

Facebook is harming our democracy and Mark Zuckerberg should do something about it

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