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Last Updated Apr 30, 2017 06:00AM

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 break and offering this reprint of a past column. My best friend when I was 12 was Ronnie, an African-American kid. One day while playing in his backyard we got into an argument. Ronnie lost it and called me the N-word. At the time, I wasn’t completely sure what the N-word meant, but figured that if Ronnie was mad and calling me one, it …

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  • 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


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  • 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
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Good morning, readers — Has the caffeine kicked in? Or should I just wake you when it’s over?
    Morning rituals. Most humans have them; those things we do to start a day we expect to be relatively normal. They say a lot about the kind of people w...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Two young men wait for the morning session of the 186th annual General Conference of the LDS Church to begin, Sunday, April 3, 2016. Kirby: Amen to cures for Mormon General Conference boredom
    I have attended LDS General Conference maybe half a dozen times in my 63 years as a Mormon. The past two were because my editor made me. She said I n...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby’s Disturbing History: Affairs to remember — when sex and gunplay collided
    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 Mar 31 2017 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: TRAX takes a nasty turn when riding with a drunken derelict
    One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my tricycle on a sidewalk while a train thundered past our home in Southern California. I was probably 3 ...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Good morning, readers — Has the caffeine kicked in? Or should I just wake you when it’s over?
    Morning rituals. Most humans have them; those things we do to start a day we expect to be relatively normal. They say a lot about the kind of people w...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Two young men wait for the morning session of the 186th annual General Conference of the LDS Church to begin, Sunday, April 3, 2016. Kirby: Amen to cures for Mormon General Conference boredom
    I have attended LDS General Conference maybe half a dozen times in my 63 years as a Mormon. The past two were because my editor made me. She said I n...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby’s Disturbing History: Affairs to remember — when sex and gunplay collided
    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 Mar 31 2017 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: TRAX takes a nasty turn when riding with a drunken derelict
    One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my tricycle on a sidewalk while a train thundered past our home in Southern California. I was probably 3 ...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Three members stand up and say ’opposed’ during the afternoon session of the 185th LDS General Conference Saturday April 4, 2015. Kirby: All in favor of voting yes on every Mormon sustaining? Not me.
    Two years ago, during a session of LDS General Conference, several voices of dissent were heard from the Conference Center audience. When it came time...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Temple Square came to life shortly after dusk in multitudes of lights, downtown Salt Lake City, November 29, 2013. Kirby: How about a temple-marriage prenup for Mormons?
    Editor’s note • Robert Kirby is off this week. This is a reprint of an earlier column. It’s no secret that Mormons believe in eternal marriage. Th...
    Updated Mar 26 2017 09:55 am   |     |   Share
  • Kirby’s Disturbing History: Butt-dialing used to mean something else
    Editor’s note • Robert Kirby is off this week. This is a reprint of an earlier column. In 1885, if you lived in Salt Lake City and wanted “fresh”...
    Updated Mar 25 2017 07:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: I’m not a doctor, but ...
    Editor’s note: Robert Kirby is off this week. This is a reprint of an earlier column. For health care, I rely on the opinions of close friends. Th...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   People vote at the polling station at South Jordan Founders Park LDS Church in Daybreak-South Jordan on election day Tuesday Nov. 8. Voting was a breeze.  No waiting in lines and children friendy too. Kirby: I owe apologies to lots of people, but Trump is not one of them
    I didn’t vote for President Donald Trump. I thought I’d get that out right now given that I’m supposed to feel humbled and repentant by the fact that ...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby’s Disturbing History: When hunters make grisly discoveries, solving Utah’s mountain mysteries
    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 Mar 17 2017 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: You can find me on Wikipedia, too, so go ahead and have at it
    Thanks to state Rep. Mike Winder, who stands accused of self-promotion on Wikipedia, I thought I better check to see if I’m on there. I am. The diff...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Dead man stalking? Resurrection may not live up to expectations
    One of my ancestors is buried in a peaceful Utah cemetery. Ironically, Great-great-great-grandpa Korihor Kirby rests just a few yards from the person ...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 08:37 pm   |     |   Share