I was very sad to read today in the Carbon County News that Linda Planichek has died at the young age of 64. Linda was gracious and generous in helping me with research for my book. Not only did she put me in touch with important sources that she knew personally around Red Lodge, but she and her husband Frank sat with me over Mexican food for a long interview. Linda’s connection to the mine disaster was through Frank. His uncles, Frank and Jack Mourich, were killed in the disaster.
Linda was one of the people I was looking forward to seeing again when I return to Red Lodge to launch the book. I’m truly sorry I won’t get to do so. I hope I adequately expressed my gratitude to her the last time we met.
My prayers go out to Frank and the rest of Linda’s loved ones.