It's not certain whether the late Sen. Ted Kennedy would be more palatable to conservative Utah Republicans if he were a Mormon, but it appears someone tried to make that happen.
Just one day after Kennedy died, someone apparently posted his name on an LDS Church database to have him placed on the list to be posthumously baptized.
That posting was uncovered by researcher Helen Radkey, who has been critical of the church practice.
But, alas, Kennedy won't become a Mormon anytime soon. Whoever placed his name on the list was not authorized to do so, and the church's database security system put a block on it.
According to church policy, a person is not eligible to be baptized posthumously until a year after death. It also is against the policy for anyone to place someone's name on the list who is not related to that person.
The security system also is set up to catch the listing of famous people, like Ted Kennedy, who may be placed on the list as a hoax.
Knowing when to quit? » About 18 minutes into Gov. Herbert's lengthy inauguration speech at the state Capitol on Aug. 11, the closed-circuit TV cameras closed in on LDS Church President Thomas Monson as he pushed up his sleeve and looked at his watch.
"Like the rest of the audience," one observer quipped, "the prophet must have been wondering when the speech would ever end. "
Better late than never » I mentioned in Wednesday's column that some incoming 10th-graders didn't get hamburgers at last week's "Back to School" event at Brighton High School because they had to wait in line for locker assignments, and by the time they got to the barbecue, they were told the hamburgers were gone, even though they noticed some school administrators munching away.
But those students must have fallen through the cracks, since a whole box of frozen burgers was left over after the barbecue.
So the 10th-graders who were left out can go to "Mrs. J.'s" classroom (220) and she will give them the money to buy a hamburger to welcome them as new Bengals.
Buy Utah? » Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is scheduled to speak to the Utah Narcotics Officers Association Banquet next week -- at the Casablanca Banquet Room in Mesquite, Nevada.