Patrick McLaughlin is the first winner of the UU Trivia Question of the day! He correctly answered that there have been seven presidents of the UUA so far. Here they are, in order:
O. Eugene Pickett
Patrick even provided the years of their tenure, so he wins an extra gold star. Good work, Patrick, that was terrific.
This is a surprisingly difficult question to answer. A large number of people surfed by to look at the question, yet it took many hours before someone produced the correct response. As he found out, googling “UUA presidents” doesn’t get you very far. In fact, there doesn’t appear to be a single page on the Internet that lists all seven presidents and their name; in fact, it’s rather difficult to even determine that there have been seven presidents, not five or six or twelve or whatever. Even the UUA website doesn’t provide this info.
Furthermore, no UU who stopped by was able to come up with this info out of their own memory. Does this indicate a serious hole in UU historical awareness? We’re talking about arguably the most influential men who have shaped our combined denomination, yet no one could call them to mind. Can we say we really understand what the UUA is about without even a basic knowledge of who’s been in charge? Can we understand Unitarian-Universalism without knowing the history of the UUA? These presidents all held their positions within the lifetime of the average UU. What does it say that such info is so hard to come by, and so poorly distributed amongst the general UU populace? Looks like we’re gonna need plenty more trivia questions in the future to address the gap.
What sort of trivia would you like to know about the UUA, or Unitarian-Universalist (i.e. post-1961) denominational history? Where would you go to find out? Do you think the resources out there are adequate?