Sixty-five Years ago Today…

[Excerpt from a letter to Paul Springer, July 20, 1947]

Dear Paul & Nell,

I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that if I waited long enough there would be something to write you. Yesternoon little Oofus came forth – male gender, large and mighty of limb and voice. When my little bean blossom felt it coming on she rushed for the glass pitcher – a 20-cent display piece which we use for everything but a urinal – into which we have been depositing from day to day little wads of paper with names on them, names that we thought might not be too repellent. So we held a drawing, at 2 a.m., and the name that came out was (you must believe it) Paul. We are still trying to think of a middle name that will appease the family. Phyllis, having of course read up on the subject, was cool and cooperative to a degree that nonplussed the local midwife; we walked for miles and miles that night and polished off an enormous cake (our anniversary), after which she said eh bien, mon vieux, je vais m’enfanter! And she did. Moral – if you are poor and don’t have a car blessed events are no more trouble than putting up peaches.


About Hugh Nibley

Hugh Nibley, 1910-2005, was simultaneously the LDS Church's greatest intellectual defender from attack from the outside and Mormon culture's strongest critic from the inside. This blog is composed mainly from Nibley's unpublished writings, letters, interviews and conversations, with occasional posts from associates who had personal interactions with him.
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4 Responses to Sixty-five Years ago Today…

  1. Paul says:

    Just got back from a week in the wilderness (scheduled to avoid birthday shinanigans). I was there but I don’t remember this event. Maybe with hypnosis?

    Love you all,
    Oofus aka Alpha

  2. teelea says:

    Boy, this is fantastic. I love me some Hugh Nibley!

  3. Chris Smith says:

    Zina, I officially love this. Hugh Nibley is my new favorite blogger.

  4. Zina Nibley Petersen says:

    Happy Birthday, Alpha!

    Love, Omega

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