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Last Updated May 28, 2017 11:01PM

Last Saturday, I dragged a shovel over to the home of a single mother and helped move 10 yards of topsoil to various parts of her yard. I almost died. Half a dozen guys were already shoveling when I arrived. …

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: It’s moving day — if only I could carry just the pillows
    As a military brat, I grew accustomed to abruptly picking up and moving to some faraway place from whence we never returned. Along the way, I lost fr...
    Updated May 26 2017 11:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: A birthday present for me? Chaffetz’s seat in Congress? Ah, you shouldn’t have
    I just realized that Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz will resign at the end of next month. Yes, I know it’s been in the news for some time now. I have...
    Updated May 26 2017 10:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: From Build-A-Bear to Build a Baby? The world of birth rights and birth wrongs
    One Sunday, right after my wife and I married, I sat through a Mormon priesthood lesson as the instructor decried the use of birth control. He testifi...
    Updated May 26 2017 07:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: Paper route taught me the Old Man could really sling some whoppers
    I had a paper route when I was 11 years old. Every evening, I delivered the Idaho Statesman to approximately 50 homes in south Boise. I hated it. Mea...
    Updated May 20 2017 02:25 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: Regrets? Sorry to say it, but if you’re human, you have ’em
    There’s probably not a person alive who doesn’t have regrets about his or her past. Is there anything you would like to go back and change? OK, some ...
    Updated May 17 2017 11:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: My post-Scouting program for Mormon boys? Hint: It includes fire
    I possibly received an emergency call from LDS Church headquarters last week, asking for my help developing an outdoors program for older male Mormon ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: News anchor Shauna Lake’s DUI arrest raises question for public: Have we no shame?
    KUTV news anchor Shauna Lake is my friend and one of the most genuine and considerate people I know. So it broke my heart when she was arrested for su...
    Updated May 15 2017 02:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gal Gadot stars as the Amazonian princess warrior Diana, a k a  ’Wonder Woman,’ in a new movie based on the DC Comics heroine. It opens in theaters June 2. Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures Kirby: With Wonder Woman, hairy armpits are out — silly superhero debates are in
    The internet is abuzz with fuzz, or the lack thereof. The new “Wonder Woman” film has something potentially disturbing in it. Namely, no armpit hair. ...
    Updated May 10 2017 10:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be brief prayers
    In 1963, Mormon services consisted of three parts: Morning priesthood meeting, followed by Sunday school and, finally, the dreaded late afternoon sacr...
    Updated May 07 2017 09:31 am   |     |   Share
  • Kirby’s final Disturbing History: There was a Salt Lake cop who had a dog and Bunjo was his name-o
    Everything comes to an end. “Disturbing History” is now history. Starting next Saturday, this column will return to its original format. “Disturbing ...
    Updated May 07 2017 05:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Robert Kirby and his sidekick Sonny Dyle on a Utah Department of Public Safety chopper heading to Kane County for a training exercise. Courtesy of Sonny Dyle/For The Salt Lake Tribune)  Kirby: Search-and-rescue training shows I’m a lost cause
    Kane County • Tracking people is hard, especially if they’re willing to kill you. Last week, I was shot, blown up, lost and exhausted — all within a c...
    Updated May 03 2017 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Don’t let your Mormon children play with non-Mormons? You’ve got to be kidding
    Editor’s note • So, that out-of-town assignment really wiped out good ol’ Kirby. Since he caught us in a rare benevolent mood, we’re giving him a brea...
    Updated Apr 30 2017 06:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Mormon basketball boasts plenty of foul shots — and we don’t mean just free throws
    Editor’s note • On Saturdays, Robert Kirby usually pokes into Utah’s past, but he has his hands full in the present. So we’re letting him get caught u...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 09:41 am   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Mormon family home evening can work with less church, more chocolate
    Editor’s note • Robert Kirby is on assignment in the boondocks and insists he has no Wi-Fi access to file a fresh column. Boy, if we had a nickel for ...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 07:48 am   |     |   Share
  • (Robert Kirby and his sidekick Sonny Dyle on a Utah Department of Public Safety chopper heading to Kane County for a training exercise. Courtesy of Sonny Dyle/For The Salt Lake Tribune)  Kirby: Search-and-rescue training shows I’m a lost cause
    Kane County • Tracking people is hard, especially if they’re willing to kill you. Last week, I was shot, blown up, lost and exhausted — all within a c...
    Updated May 03 2017 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Don’t let your Mormon children play with non-Mormons? You’ve got to be kidding
    Editor’s note • So, that out-of-town assignment really wiped out good ol’ Kirby. Since he caught us in a rare benevolent mood, we’re giving him a brea...
    Updated Apr 30 2017 06:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Mormon basketball boasts plenty of foul shots — and we don’t mean just free throws
    Editor’s note • On Saturdays, Robert Kirby usually pokes into Utah’s past, but he has his hands full in the present. So we’re letting him get caught u...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 09:41 am   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Mormon family home evening can work with less church, more chocolate
    Editor’s note • Robert Kirby is on assignment in the boondocks and insists he has no Wi-Fi access to file a fresh column. Boy, if we had a nickel for ...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 07:48 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Mormon medals — new way to wear your faithfulness, or lack of it, on your sleeve
    I was digging through a storage box the other day and found the Old Man’s U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal. He gave it to me years ago while temporarily b...
    Updated Apr 23 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • Mel Evans  |  AP file photo A United Airlines passenger plane lands at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. in 2015. Twitter users are poking fun at United’s tactics in having a man removed from an overbooked Chicago to Louisville flight on April 9, 2017. Kirby’s Disturbing History: Flying the unfriendly skies can be ‘plane’ scary — and lucrative
    Editor’s note • Every Saturday, Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby digs into the past to enlighten and explore the present. Have a story to shar...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Turns out, what you don’t know CAN hurt you
    I have hurt myself a lot in the six-plus decades I’ve been alive. I’m not complaining, mind you. About half the injuries were worth the pain just for ...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Personal revelation? It’s God speaking to me, not you — or to you, not me
    One thing Mormons are big on is the right to personal revelation. We fully expect that behaving a certain way will allow our creator to personally inf...
    Updated Apr 16 2017 06:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (A copy of the 1957 Western-Union telegram notifying The Salt Lake Tribune)   that it had been ’awarded a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting under the pressure of edition time.’ Kirby’s Disturbing History: Pulitzers bring out the famous and the infamous
    Editor’s note • Every Saturday, Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby digs into the state’s past to enlighten or, at least, entertain Utahns in the...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 06:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Ask Ann? Hey, ask me — I have advice up the wazoo
    Salt Lake Tribune columnist Ann Cannon is a close friend. Even so, it bothered me when she was selected to become our advice columnist. That honor sho...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: God’s will is personal ­— one believer’s devotion is another’s deviation
    Years ago, I was called to be a Primary teacher in my Mormon ward. I have no idea who thought this would be a great idea, but it definitely wasn’t me ...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Photo courtesy Utah State Historical Society  Street car workers strike on Main Street in Salt Lake City. The strike started on Sunday April 28, 1907, and ended the following day, B.H. Roberts helped mediate and Utah Light and Railway management and the strikers were able to come to an agreement. Kirby’s Disturbing History: Murder on the Salt Lake Express and other bloody rail tales
    Editor’s note • Every Saturday, Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby digs into the state’s past to enlighten or, at least, entertain Utahns in the...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 09:11 am   |     |   Share