Richie: Now. Rick, I need to ask you what I always love and I love to save to the end. Have you ever actually listened to an episode of The Cultural Hall before?
GT: Yes, I’ve been listening lately.
Richie: Oh, nice. Ever, ever since we talked? And I said, Hey, why don’t you come on? Is that what brought you to start listening?
GT: I was like, Well, I better find out what The Cultural Hall is all about.
Richie: Nice. And your thoughts from one podcaster to another?
GT: So it’s interesting. You have a much more variety than I do. I’m strictly Mormon history, science and theology. And you do more news and current events and that sort of thing. So, that’s been kind of interesting to check it out.
Richie: Yeah. So we’ve been around. I think you started Gospel Tangents in 2011. Not the podcast, but that was some sort of project with your kid as I gleaned from the internet.
GT: Yeah. So my kids were very young. I think they were seven and nine, if I remember, right. And they didn’t know some of the common Book of Mormon Stories. I was sad that they didn’t know that. And so I was like, “Hey, let’s make a little book of some of the Book of Mormon stories.” And so, they were like, “Oh, well, we could sell it.”
And I’m like, “Nobody’s gonna buy this. Are you kidding me?” But anyway, so had them [draw pictures} and they’re like, stick figures. They’re terrible. But you know, they were were seven & nine. That’s what they do. And so, since Brandon wanted to sell it. I was like, Okay, well…
Richie: Brandon is your son, I presume?
GT: Yeah. So he’s 18 now. But he said, “Well, we could sell it.” So I just threw it up on Amazon just to see if anybody would buy it. I only sold it for $1 and I was shocked that people were buying. So I was like, well, let’s do Doctrine & Covenants. Let’s do a Pearl of Great Price. [There is even a Triple Combination.] Let’s do a Bible. And for the Bible. I was like, “Well, the Bible. That’s going to be whole Christianity. So I’ll sell that one for $3,” and still it sold and so that’s where I got the name. Gospel Tangents podcast didn’t start till about 2017. And so yeah, that’s where it all started.
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