My brother was over at my house and he got a text message from friends.
Comment by cantinflas — January 30, 2008 @ 8:51 am
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!
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).
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.
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.)
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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!)
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.
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!
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.