Welcome to the Keepapitchinin, a new arrival in the Bloggernacle. The original Keepapitchinin was a comic newspaper – the Mad Magazine of its day – published at Salt Lake City sporadically from 1867 to 1871. Its chief editors were talented second-generation Mormons George J. Taylor (son of apostle, later President John Taylor), Joseph C. Rich (son of apostle Charles C. Rich) and Heber John Richards (son of apostle Willard Richards), with occasional help from apostle Orson Pratt and artists Charles R. Savage and George M. Ottinger. Ronald W. Walker’s “The Keep-A-Pitchinin, or, the Mormon Pioneer Was Human,” BYU Studies 14:3 (Spring 1974), 331-344, gives background on that publication.
All participants in the original Keepapitchinin were masked behind pseudonyms; I will take credit or blame for what appears here under my own name. Unlike the original, which made its points through satire, adolescent jokes, and cartoons, this incarnation of the Keepapitchinin will make its points with plain old narrative, chiefly in a historical vein. Regular features will include:
- Lives of little-known Saints and their associates, of the kind you may recognize from my earlier posts on Times and Seasons
- Topics in LDS church history and culture
- Utah history, because I enjoy it. These Utah features will be marked so that those of you who click through from the LDS aggregators and don’t care about Utah won’t feel tricked
- “On this date” – articles about interesting events occurring on the dates of the posts at some point in the past
- “From our exchanges” – 19th century newspaper editors traded copies of their own publications and published freely from each others’ papers. This department of the Keepapitchinin will review articles from past and current journals, draw attention to favorite Bloggernacle posts, and otherwise publicize others’ writings
- Current events, guest posts, and any other ol’ thing that catches my fancy
Comments are solicited. Please remember, though, that I am a believing Mormon writing chiefly for others of my faith, and all comments must respect that orientation. I am the idiosyncratic court of final appeal as to suitability.
My sincerest thanks to J. Stapley of Splendid Sun and By Common Consent, for designing these pages and for handling the technical details of domain names and hosting services and setup – I couldn’t have even got started without him.
I am also appreciative of former colleagues at Mormon Mentality and especially at Times and Seasons for letting me blog with them, for teaching me what works and what doesn’t, in blogging, HTML, and keeping my temper online – but don’t blame them for past failures or the inevitable future slips. They tried!
Welcome to my great adventure.
Contact: Keepapitchinin [at] AOL [dottt] com