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Jeff C.
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So I don't know if any of you have discovered this, but when I was on wikipedia yesterday, I discovered that OSC is actually a descendant of Briggum Young, which I thought was just amazing.

For those who don't know, Young was the second leader of the Mormon church after Joseph Smith and is responsible for a lot of the expansion that the religion experienced in those early days. He also had a TON of wives and like 40 or 50 kids, which is just incredible. I guess with that many children it's no surprise that one of his descendants would become famous. I'm just surprised he's a well known science fiction writer. A university was also named after Young, and it is currently where OSC teaches his writing classes.

Now, I'm not Mormon, but I still think it is pretty amazing. The way hisory is sometimes connected to the things we read and the people alive today. I just find that interesting.

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I think it's "Brigham" [Smile]


And yeah, that is pretty cool, I never knew that.

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Rodger Brown
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Card actually teaches at Southern Virginia University not BYU (Unless something has changed and I'm not aware of it). Another one of Young's decedents became a Hall of Fame Quarterback.
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Sala
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And, Southern Virginia University is NOT affiliated with the LDS church, either, even though it has many LDS faculty and students who attend.
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Jeff C.
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Really? I didn't realize it was SVU. Oh well, still pretty neat ^_^
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Brigham Young had a lot of descendants. Just sayin'.
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There used to be a bit of an inside joke about how everyone in the church can trace their lineage through Brigham Young. It's very much untrue today, and I imagine becomes more so daily.
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I believe OSC has taught some creative writing classes at BYU in the past, but it's been a while.
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