The Intermedia Outdoors family has lost one of its most valued and talented writersâand just all-around good guy.
J. Guthrie, 37, died April 12. Why is it the good die young? Quick wit, outgoing, always made everyone feel comfortable and welcome. âMister Jim, pour yourself a drink, pull up a chair, and letâs talk,â he would say in that casual, southern drawl.
J. was a special talent, a special friend. Think deep-fried catfish, gumbo, jumbalaya, black-eyed peas, ham hocks, and turnip greensâand his love of firearms, hunting and shootingâwhen you remember J. Guthrie. This good old boy was as southern as southern gets. His family had roots in the Deep South, and he was proud as hell that he had family fight for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
When I phoned to tell him I wanted him to write the back page column of Guns & Ammo, there was complete silenceâthen an abrupt, âDo you have the right phone number? … Do you really want me to follow in the footsteps of Jeff Cooper? I idolized Jeff. You need to know, Mister Jim, Â Iâm no Jeff Cooper.â
When I assured him he was the writer I wanted to pen the Â column, he paused again, and said, âMister Jim, itâs an honor. I wonât disappoint.â
He didnât, true to his word as always. Was he the perfect writer, always on deadline? No. But he was as honest as the day is long, and he always respected the magazines and editors he wrote for, including Shooting Times, Petersenâs Hunting, RifleShooter, Game & Fish and North American Whitetail.
J. also was a contributor to Guns & Ammo TV, and he was hellbent on making the show the best shooting show on cable TV. Some of his best work was done in the last year, when we filmed our âDirect Fireâ segments. When we were discussing the informational and entertainment elements early on for this 13-week segment, I had no question who needed to play a major role. It was J. Guthrie, hands down.
J. also worked on our Modern Rifle Adventures and Ruger Inside & Out television shows.
When we were early in the planning stages of launching Modern Rifle Adventures, I was asked by my superiors which writers in the group would be the perfect fit for this ground-breaking show on modern sporting (AR) rifles. Without hesitation, I said J. Guthrie and Dick Metcalf. J. was the brash, young rookie, Dick the seasoned veteran. They played off each other so wellâit was simply pure joy to see them grow into their roles.
Dick recalls, âIâd tell him everything would be good if heâd just remember I was the hero and he was the sidekick.Â Heâd say, âWe ainât makinâ no John Wayne movie, old man . . .ââÂ J and Dick worked together on three of our TV shows, all told.Â âI loved that boy,â Dick says.Â âHe was my partner and my brother.Â He was larger than life.Â My world today is so much smaller without him in it.â
Again, J. didnât disappoint. He never did.
J. now joins the ranks of talented writers who contributed to Guns & Ammo over the years, those who are no longer with usâto name just a few, Elmer Keith, Jeff Cooper, Bill Jordan, Bob Milek, John Wootters and many, many others.
J., we will meet again down the roadâjust remember, donât call me Mister.
âMike Carney, Senior VP, Group Publisher, InterMedia Outdoors
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult of times. And for all who knew Guthrie, I have no doubt there will be many a toast of Maker's Mark raised around campfires all over the worldâhere's to you Guthrie, save some game for us.
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