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Poll: How Did You Hear About President Hinckley’s Passing?

Rusty - January 30, 2008


  1. A friend sent me an IM on the Internet.

    Comment by Susan M — January 30, 2008 @ 8:01 am

  2. It was announced at the end of a Stake Leadership training meeting I was at.

    Comment by austin s — January 30, 2008 @ 8:33 am

  3. Heard it on NPR

    Comment by ESO — January 30, 2008 @ 8:33 am

  4. Saw it on cnn.com when I woke up Monday morning.

    Comment by Sam B. — January 30, 2008 @ 8:40 am

  5. My brother was over at my house and he got a text message from friends.

    Comment by cantinflas — January 30, 2008 @ 8:51 am

  6. My daughter who is at BYU-Hawaii called to tell me Pres Hinckley had died just 40 minutes after the fact. Her roomie’s mother, in Idaho, had heard it from her sister who lives in Utah, who called her niece, who told my daughter, who called me, who texted husband in a meeting, who already knew, and at the same time, I received about a dozen e-mails, including one to our entire ward. I tell, you, we Mormons may be gossipy, but there is an efficient system in place for news!

    Comment by deb — January 30, 2008 @ 8:53 am

  7. Saw it as “Breaking News” on KSL TV.

    Comment by CVF — January 30, 2008 @ 8:53 am

  8. text message from my sister, who had just got several texts from her friends.

    Comment by cchrissyy — January 30, 2008 @ 8:54 am

  9. want to add- like #6, it flowed from Idaho. her flood of messages were all from BYU-I friends.

    My immediate thoughts were that it had broken in Idaho local news first, and to wonder what share of people would find out by text messages and IMs. too bad the poll won’t tell me… :)

    Comment by cchrissyy — January 30, 2008 @ 8:58 am

  10. Saw it first at NOM. As far as I could tell, that is where it first hit the internet. KSL reported the same about 10 minutes later.

    Comment by Randy B. — January 30, 2008 @ 9:09 am

  11. I am in Las Vegas for a convention. Sunday night I had just pulled out of the Chevron station after filling up my car, and had the radio on the AM dial. Was scanning the dial and got KSL 1160 AM clear as a bell. Heard their midday host Doug Wright on the air…the first words I heard when hitting 160 were “…death of President Hinckley…”. I immediately pulled over and listened intently for about 30 seconds. I pulled back in to traffic and drove around for an hour so I could hear the coverage (I knew I wouldn’t be able to pick up any AM stations in my hotel room at Paris).

    The Las Vegas TV stations have been giving this story quite a bit of coverage, probably due to the large LDS membership here. My wife reports that back in Southern California, she hasn’t heard anything about it on any media (except the internet, of course).

    Comment by Phouchg — January 30, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  12. Within 45 minutes of his passing, my husband read about it on Cougarboard. At first everyone thought the guy was being such a jerk, because there were no news releases yet. But as soon as they were, we realized the guy was serious knew what he was talking about.

    Comment by Cheryl — January 30, 2008 @ 9:27 am

  13. I read it first on Nine Moons. No joke. Then the other Bloggernacle blogs showed up in my reader and confirmed it. (I still haven’t seen this news from a non-blog source, come to think of it…)

    On a completely unrelated note, your new masthead is fabulous!!! ;)

    Comment by C. L. Hanson — January 30, 2008 @ 9:57 am

  14. Our home teachers were here, and his daughter texted him while we were having the lesson.

    Comment by tracy m — January 30, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  15. I had called my parents to ask my dad an unrelated question. My mom answered the phone and told me that she was on the other line with her mother, and she told me the news. (Her mother had called to tell her the news.)

    Comment by Keri Brooks — January 30, 2008 @ 10:28 am

  16. We were in Stake Priesthood Meeting when our local Area Authority 70 took the stand and announded it. We then concluded by singing We thank Thee O God for a Prophet in Persident Hinckley’s honor.

    Comment by gilgamesh — January 30, 2008 @ 11:12 am

  17. “At first everyone thought the guy was being such a jerk, because there were no news releases yet.”

    That was my first thought too.

    Comment by Randy B. — January 30, 2008 @ 11:24 am

  18. I went to look up something for the kids Sunday night. Mormon Archipelago is my homepage, and President Hinckley’s passing was one of the post titles.

    Comment by Johnna Cornett — January 30, 2008 @ 11:46 am

  19. I was messing around on my computer, and I had the TV on as background noise behind me. I heard the news (I’m in Utah) break in to whatever was on TV and partly paid attention, assuming it had something to do with the election (even though it was Sunday). I quickly paid total attention when the newscaster said President Hinckley had passed away.

    Comment by Tanya Spackman — January 30, 2008 @ 11:57 am

  20. Mormon Mommy Wars

    Comment by meems — January 30, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

  21. Mary told me as soon as i walked in the door after our stake priesthood meeting.

    Comment by Kim Siever — January 30, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

  22. It was the last Sunday of the month. Where else would I be? I was doing my home-teaching.

    Comment by JimD — January 30, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

  23. For the record, our paper reported it twice: once with AP’s story, and once with a local flavour researched by one of its reporters.

    Comment by Kim Siever — January 30, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

  24. NPR. It was announced while I was driving home from watching a movie at a friend’s house at just about midnight Sunday night.

    Comment by k — January 30, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

  25. Sunday night by Andrew Miller on my blog.

    Comment by Todd Wood — January 30, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

  26. Clicked my bookmark at Mormon Archipelago, and saw a rapidly growing number of blog posts. This was about 9:02 pm sunday night. I knew it had to be true because ksl.com and deseretnews.com servers were flooded, and I couldn’t get in to see the news there.

    Comment by Coffinberry — January 30, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

  27. A friend back in SLC was kind enough to send me an email about it as the news broke in SLC and I didn’t get the email until early Monday morning GMT.

    Comment by john f. — January 30, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

  28. I’m so glad you are doing this poll, because I have been wondering myself. My sister’s mother-in-law heard it from her son who had a text message from a friend who is the son of a mission president and (apparently) some distant relation of President Hinckley. I heard it from my husband’s boss–she called his cell phone on Sunday night about 8 pm.

    Comment by Keryn — January 30, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

  29. St Pete Times, Monday morning newspaper

    Comment by dpc — January 30, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

  30. My dad emailed us about an hour after he had heard about it in Utah (I’m assuming he heard it on radio news there, as he doesn’t watch TV on Sundays). Within minutes of my dad’s email (many family members email Sunday evening to keep in touch), a friend of my daughter from another ward called us to tell us (their family knows how isolated we keep ourselves on Sundays).

    Comment by Kevin — January 30, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

  31. My hometeacher, J Stapley, was at my front door Sunday night less than 10 minutes after he found out.

    Comment by Matt Jacobsen — January 30, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  32. My family told me that Rusty Clifton learned it from a very good source of his. Of course I had to check for sure because he’s always got some “very good source” for every apocryphal story>:p

    Comment by Bret — January 30, 2008 @ 5:16 pm

  33. About 9:10 PM at By Common Consent from someone named e.

    Comment by JA Benson — January 30, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

  34. Our daughter at BYU-Idaho called us. There’s another Idaho connection for you. The news was everywhere in the world in a matter of a few hours. Yes, we Mormons have a very efficient system. (Especially since it was home teaching night!)

    Comment by Bored in Vernal — January 30, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

  35. Heard it in D.C. at 8:30 Utah time from a roommate who had received a call from her sister in Utah.

    Comment by Katie P. — January 31, 2008 @ 7:43 am

  36. Monday morning, my wife came up from her seminary class in the basement and told me. Some of her students learned of Hinckley’s death the night before. That afternoon leaving work, before I was out of the parking lot, I heard a radio piece. This was on WTOP, a news and traffic station in the Washington, D.C. area owned by Bonneville.

    Comment by John Mansfield — January 31, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

  37. My son in Tucson text messaged me about 7:40 mountain time.

    Comment by Mark B. — January 31, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

  38. I’m living in Africa but learned about it from my (former) Houston ward email person who sent an email to those on the ward list about 8:30 PM Utah time. I read it about 2 hours after she sent it — Monday morning here. She’s so efficient in getting news out that there are several ward members convinced that at the 2nd coming, we will first hear the news from her in an email to the ward. Haven’t heard anything about it on CNN or any news here — thank heavens for the internet!

    Comment by CAW — January 31, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

  39. I was catching up on the political news on CNNPolitics.com about 8:30 p.m. MST Sunday, and they had a screaming red “breaking news” banner saying he had died. So I went to the two Salt Lake City newspaper sites for details, but they were quite slow. I then spent about an hour listening to the streaming version of KSL-AM, which had (not surprisingly) quite good coverage and no overload problems.

    My wife, who was upstairs, found out a few seconds before I did via a phone call from someone in the ward.

    Comment by Eric — February 2, 2008 @ 1:26 am

  40. Warning: Threadjack

    Okay, am I the only one upset with the people at Nine Moons for not posting enough anymore? I blame Council of Fifty…

    Comment by Cheryl — February 7, 2008 @ 8:48 am

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