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Four Prolific Writers

During its 73-year run, the Improvement Era published articles, stories, and poems from a huge number of writers. In 1970, as it was about to be replaced by modern Church magazines, reader Louis O. Turley of Mesa, Arizona, counted up the magazine’s most-published authors. Richard L. Evans, the host of Music and the Spoken Word and later an Apostle, came first with 1,492 articles. Franklin S. Harris Jr., who had served as the president of Brigham Young University for 24 years, was a distant second with 369. In third place was Apostle John A. Widtsoe, known for his open engagement with current intellectual questions, with 349 articles. In terms of pages written, though, none of them matched Hugh Nibley. His more than 130 in-depth articles made him the magazine’s “most voluminous writer.”

Albert L. Zobell Jr., “They Who Served,” Improvement Era, Dec. 1970, 129