The ink had barely dried on 23-year-old Rick Eskil‘s Western Washington University diploma when he joined the Union-Bulletin news staff on Jan. 2, 1980. He graduated from WWU in December 1979.
He has been a joy to work with ever since — for more than four decades.
His wry, rapier-sharp humor, lightning wit, accuracy, political acumen, passion for community dialog, committed belief in reporting the facts and memory-like-a-trap are legendary.
“From the beginning, I was taken by Rick’s skill and quick wit. I admired and learned from his intelligence, tenacity and more,” said former colleague Terry McConn.