My last night in Park City’s quiet viewing of Family Guy was interrupted by the news that Gordon Hinkley, current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had died. Within half an hour, nearly every single station was covering it.
Briefly, care of Wikipedia:
He was the oldest person to preside over the LDS Church in its history. As president of the LDS Church, he was considered by its members to be a prophet, seer, and revelator. His presidency was noted for the building of new temples and the creation of the Perpetual Education Fund. Hinckley holds the record for dedicating the most LDS Church temples and has dedicated more than half of the current LDS Church temples.
He was 97 when he died in Salt Lake City today. Glancing at his wikipedia page, Hinkley didn’t do anything particularly immoral, scandalous, etc.. and actually was praised for the emphasis he placed on tolerance of other faiths and beliefs. The TV aired scores of bawling mormons (including one that looked like a more alt-version of Zac Efron with a super queer voice). A car’s coming to pick me up to bring me to Salt Lake airport in about 7 hours (I’m not sure if I’ll bother sleeping), so I’ll get to experience the mormon madness.