I signed up for this class because I thought I would be awesome and was excited to learn more about folk music, hobo culture, and activism. I really had no idea who Utah Phillips is, or at least I thought I didn't, until I was talking on the phone with my dad after class today. I told him about my May term classes and mentioned Utah's name, and my dad says, "he was that storyteller right?" My dad is from upstate New York and apparently he got some of his best stories he told to my sister and I, from none other than Utah. One of my favorites was the hilarious "Moose Turd Pie," and I thought I would share with y'all how I first got acquainted with him.
I know Mr. Phillips is more than just a storyteller, and I am even more excited to hear about his life.