Greg Wolfe discovered what so many of the young people who found Russell learned: that he very much enjoyed them. For all his scholarly ways, he was friendly but quiet, serious but mischievous and witty. And long before William Least Heat-Moon, he was taking the blue highways–the back ways through the countryside, something student drivers learned to love, especially the stops for good snacks. Some of us still follow those less-traveled byways. Often we think of our former mentor and his silent but companionable ride in the front passenger seat.
This interview was recorded May 14, 1996, and runs almost 16 minutes.