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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mormon Doppelgängers 10: Howard W. Hunter & Peter Boyle

by Scott Heffernan (bio)

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Honestly, I couldn't even tell them apart, so I hope I got their pictures in the right places. And they have so much in common too.

For example, neither of their dads were Mormon. And neither of them served LDS missions as youngsters. Actually Peter Boyle was a monk in the Christian Brothers Order. I'm assuming before playing Young Frankenstein's Monster and Everybody Loves Raymond's dad (yes, that's phrased correctly).

Both men were actually really hip too. Peter Boyle's best man was John Lennon. John Lennon! Howard Hunter played six instruments and formed a band called Hunter's Croonaders. Can't get much cooler than that.

Oh wait, there's also this: While preparing to speak at a fireside at BYU, Hunter was confronted by Cody Judy, who rushed onto the rostrum and threatened Hunter and the audience of 15,000–17,000. Judy carried a briefcase that he claimed contained a bomb and held a detonator-like device. Judy demanded that Hunter read a three-page document that supposedly detailed God's plan for Judy to lead the church. Hunter refused to do it. The audience spontaneously sang "We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet", during which students from the audience and then security personnel overtook Judy. After Judy was taken away, Hunter delivered his prepared remarks, a talk entitled "An Anchor to the Souls of Men."


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