Everett was one of a several traders at the CBOE and CBOT who joined Dave Padden in starting The Heartland Institute in 1984. He was never a very large donor of money, and stepped down from the board during a time when he was unable to contribute at all, but he had an abundance of energy and enthusiasm that more than compensated. He was a “hard-core libertarian,” and made sure the people around him knew that.
He was very proud of having been a founder of Heartland, and said he brought it up frequently in conversations with friends and colleagues in the many years that followed. (I see it’s included in his obituary.) In 2008, he met with Dave Padden and me to discuss returning to the Board. It was a great meeting, but his finances were still precarious, and he ultimately decided he couldn’t make the financial commitment. He could be counted on to attend our annual benefits and other events.
Everett was a gambler, a risk-taker, a chain-smoker, and a salesman. He was also self-aware. He once told me that salesmen such as himself are the easiest people to sell to because they are so quick to become enthusiastic about something .
For a short period of time, Everett worked more directly with … I hesitate to say “for” … us, on a fundraising plan that involved selling raffle tickets for a new house. It was a classic Everett scheme –– and it didn’t work. We sold too few tickets and had to cancel the raffle … but it was fun getting to know Everett better and watching him work. I remember once … he emerged from his office, smoke billowing out behind and around him, his eyes watering and his cheeks red with excitement, to discuss some new idea he had or contact he had just made. You couldn’t help but love the guy.
He had a beautiful family and doted on his kids. I recall trying to play tag football with them once, and the little boys ran circles around me. Talented little dudes … and the last time I tried that. I last talked to him less than a year ago, and I don’t recall him mentioning a health condition. I see from the obit that he was 68 … he seemed a lot younger than that, but then, he was only 38 when I first met him.
Everett was one of a kind, and will be missed. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends.