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Question #91002 posted on 03/10/2018 12:08 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

OK boardies. I have the ultimate challenge for you.

There was a story in a past BYU Magazine in the "First Person" section, where alumni share their campus experiences. One story goes as follows:

Boy meets girl. Boy notices girl is reading The Screwtape Letters. Boy invites girl to come to C.S. Lewis Book Club on X day next week. Club does not exist. Boy creates club in time for the first meeting. Boy and girl get married.

What issue of BYU Magazine is this from, and can you provide a link to the story? From what I remember, it won't be from an issue before the year 2000.

Go forth boardies.

-A Desperate Man


Dear Desperate Man,

I tried. I truly did. 

I first went online and searched for "C.S. Lewis" on the BYU Magazine website. No luck.

I then methodically went through the magazines available online starting in 2000. While I read each "First Person" section, I could not find your story. 

But wait! I thought. Not all the articles are available online. There must be some "First Person" sections I'm missing!

So I went to the library.

It appeared the universe was on my side—the librarian I had entrusted with finding the magazines was a huge C.S. Lewis fan! It's a sign! I thought cheerfully as she led me through the moving bookcases.

But alas, such was not so.

I ended up flipping through every edition of the BYU Magazine from the 1990s until the current issue. Unfortunately, I never found the origins of the C.S. Lewis Book Club. I did learn several things, however. First, I learned that the "First Person" section started around 2000. But going through all those earlier editions was not a waste, because I found this amazing picture of a newly called Elder Holland from 1994:


You're welcome.

Second, I learned that almost every single person on the BYU Magazine cover was white. There's about 3 magazines that feature a non-white person. This was rather depressing.

Finally, I discovered that we have moving bookcases at BYU, which makes it seem even more like Hogwarts.

I am truly sorry that we have failed you, good sir. I wish you best of luck in finding your answer.

-guppy of doom

posted on 03/10/2018 9:47 p.m.
The details are a bit different, but a similar story can be found in the Spring 2014 issue. The story is titled "Stacking the Odds".


--Obsessive Contributor