There are so many interesting people with interesting stories in a city that newspapers would have to be thicker than a St. Bernard just to do them justice. Many worthwhile stories get lost in the cracks.
So today let me correct some of that. Here are some lives you should know about. Call this feature:
People You Should Have Heard About, But Probably Didn't
* CLARA SILVA: On May 23rd, Clara Silva passed away.
She was 59.
I know this because for some time I've been planning to profile her for the Deseret News.
I waited too long.
Clara Silva was a matriarch - perhaps the matriarch - of the local Hawaiian community. Her life was relatively short but impressive. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, founder of the Utah Polynesian Choir and director at Iosepa, the Utah Hawaiian community project.
I planned to talk with her about a grant she recently received from the Utah Folk Arts Program to pass along Hawaiian ukulele traditions to a new generation.
Now someone else will have to step up and handle the task.
"Her passing was a shock to all of us," says Craig Miller of the Utah Arts Council. "She garnered everyone's respect. She was very knowledgable and warm. She was a sweetheart. Everyone will dearly miss her."
* CAMILLE CALL is the new Miss Deaf Utah, a young woman who water skis, mountain bikes and performs mime.
Call won the Utah pageant by scoring well in talent (she mimed a baby-sitter routine), delivering a speech and shining in interviews.
She will travel back East in July for the national competition.
She's also a proud alum of Cottonwood High and a 19-year-old junior at Utah State University.
"She's taking a lot of business classes up there," says her mother, Marilyn. "But she's decided to major in family and human development."
To help pay her way through school she works with autistic adults.
* HENRY STATEN, professor of English and an adjunct professor of Philosophy.
Staten, along with 167 other artists, scholars and scientists was selected from a pool of 3,000 to receive a 1998 Guggenheim Fellowship.
The grant is for $32,000.
"My study centers on the Brontes and George Eliot," he says. "The basic argument is that they're much more radical in their critique of Victorian morality than is usually recognized."
This is the fifth Guggenheim that University of Utah professors have won in recent years. That's the good news.
The bad news is Henry Staten heads off to a new teaching post at the University of Washington next week.