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Last Updated Jan 21, 2017 09:00PM

Years ago, I was asked to serve as a volunteer at an LDS family history center in Utah County. Every Tuesday night it was my job to help people search for their ancestors and prepare the names for submission to …

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  • Kirby’s Disturbing History: This town don’t welcome fortunetellers
    Lee Hoffman, 25, escapes from Salt Lake Police headquarters and is pursued by the oldest detective on the force, F.M. Schultz. Seeing Schultz fall in ...

    Updated Jan 20 2017 11:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Once I understood Martin Luther King Jr., I understood what America should be
    My earliest memories of Martin Luther King Jr. are of dogs, firehoses, police and the KKK shouting idiotically about some imminent threat to America. ...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 10:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby at The Falls Event Center Tuesday December 20, 2016.  Kirby: Wait’ll you see how much the Mormon church pays me
    Despite the fact that I have in ways large, small, and painful, worked for the LDS Church my entire life, I’ve never received a penny from it. Not eve...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 09:17 am   |     |   Share
  • Kirby’s Disturbing History: A bald burglar and a mysterious blast
    Editor’s note • Every Saturday, Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby pulls out long-forgotten pieces of history to give readers a glimpse of life,...
    Updated Jan 17 2017 11:09 am   |     |   Share


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    This is me in 1989. I was the editor of a Utah County weekly and sporting what wasn’t quite a mullet. I look like a dork, or at least a younger versio...
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  • (The Salt Lake Temple is seen in a long exposure night shot at Temple Square, Sunday March 23, 2008.   Jeremy Harmon/The Salt Lake Tribune)  Kirby: Here’s my 2017 Mormon church manual
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  • Kirby’s Disturbing History: Fear and suspicion intensifies in Utah during WWII
    This week in 1942: All “enemy aliens” are ordered to surrender their firearms by Jan. 5. After careful consideration, U.S. Attorney for Utah Dan E. Sh...

    Updated Dec 30 2016 08:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • | Courtesy Robert Kirby  Robert Kirby and his wife, Irene, on their wedding day. Oct. 10, 1975. Kirby: Love hurts, especially when you’re married to me
    I’ve never hurt my wife on purpose. There are too many reasons not to, the first being that I love her. Yeah, even when I’m so mad at her that it feel...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 10:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Postal carrier Ben Frost delivers mail and packages on his regular route in Murray Thursday Dec. 22, the U.S. Post Office’s busiest delivery day of the year. A record-breaking 300,000 packages are expected to be delivered in Utah. Frost, a seasoned carrier expects long days and more mail and packages this time of year and just deals with it in stride. Kirby: Presents under the tree? Don’t thank Santa — thank Ben
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    Updated Dec 25 2016 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby’s Disturbing History: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas mayhem
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    Updated Dec 23 2016 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Robert Kirby holds kittens (Sugar Baby not pictured) in 2015. Kirby: The flying cat who saved Christmas
    Ever buy yourself a Christmas present? Most adults have. Normally it’s something outrageously extravagant, like a new car, gun, Alaska fishing trip, P...
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    I’ve never hurt my wife on purpose. There are too many reasons not to, the first being that I love her. Yeah, even when I’m so mad at her that it feel...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 10:40 pm   |     |   Share
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    It’s Christmas morning. You’re probably kicked back, watching family rip into their loot, thankful that the spending is over and Amazon got it to you ...
    Updated Dec 25 2016 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Dec 23 2016 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    Ever buy yourself a Christmas present? Most adults have. Normally it’s something outrageously extravagant, like a new car, gun, Alaska fishing trip, P...
    Updated Dec 22 2016 08:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo)   Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Kirby: Past church-sanctioned discrimination means Mormons will never be free from racial scrutiny
    I wouldn’t be writing this column but for a conversation/heated debate I had with a fellow Mormon last week, wherein he accused this newspaper of whip...
    Updated Dec 18 2016 09:47 am   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune File Photo)    Walter Kelbach. Kirby’s Disturbing History: Murder sprees
    Dec. 18 • A week of terror for the Salt Lake Valley begins when the nude body of gas station attendant Steven Shea, 18, is found half a mile south of ...

    Updated Dec 16 2016 09:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: What’s worse than coal in your stocking? Christmas on a Sunday
    Based on my experience, Christmas is the most magical day of the year — for kids and grandparents. It’s not quite so magical for parents. Back when I...
    Updated Dec 14 2016 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mimi Flower, Bob Allred, Mary Allred, Steven Dunn and Michael Reed, display signs to passing motorists during a Mass Resignation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at City Creek Park in Salt Lake City Saturday November 14, 2015. Thousands of people gathered to protest their displeasure with the recent policy changes targeting the children of gay and lesbian couples. The attendees joined together in renouncing their membership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kirby: Five kinds of ex-Mormons
    One of the first columns I ever wrote about LDS culture was “Five Kinds of Mormons,” followed almost immediately by “Five Kinds of Non-Mormons.” The i...
    Updated Dec 24 2016 08:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby’s Disturbing History: Not a good week for birds or robbers
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    Updated Dec 16 2016 05:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)   Traffic in Utah County makes its way along I-15 in this file photo of the massive construction project that is entering its final months. The work is now entering a new phase focusing on interchange reconstruction. Kirby: Utah has bad drivers — but what about the pedestrians?
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    Updated Dec 07 2016 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings during a break at the 185th Semiannual General Conference, Sunday, October 4, 2015. Kirby: So ‘feeling the spirit’ is a real thing — so what?
    The first spiritual experience I had as a young LDS missionary was one of enormous dread. It occurred in the spring of 1973, as I walked toward the fr...
    Updated Dec 04 2016 09:20 am   |     |   Share
  • Kirby’s Disturbing History: World War II comes to Utah
    This week in 1941: Utah’s first casualties of Pearl Harbor...

    Updated Dec 02 2016 09:13 pm   |     |   Share