Miriam B. Murphy, Allan Kent Powell
Rutledge Hill Press (Nashville), 1997. Trade paperback:
Suggested retail price: $6.95 (US)
Usually I stay away from this sort of book -- not because I don't enjoy them but because I have no more willpower over them than I do salted peanuts. I gave in on buying this one, though. What the heck .& .& . at only $6.95, chalk it up to Sesquicentennial Fever.
Utah Trivia is a fun little book, just the sort of book to get you in the mood for the 24th and the Sesquicentennial. There isn't really much you can review on these trivia books. There are the usual nuggets of gold in among all the pyrite clinkers.
The basic format is a question (some times pithy, sometimes long and convoluted) and then a short answer. Powell and Murphy have divided the book up into topical categories: Geography; Entertainment; History; Arts & Literature; Sports & Leisure; Science & Nature. Some of their classifications left me scratching my head. Take the following:
Q: Navajo men in military service made what unique contribution during WWII? A: They sent messages in the Navajo language, thus confusing the Japanese codebreakers.
© 1997 Lee Allred