A Hobo's Progress

U. Utah Phillips, inspiration to Ani DiFranco and card-carrying Wobbly, is Northern California's institutional memory of itinerant folk

In that spirit, curious minds want to know: What does the "U" in U. Utah Phillips stand for? "I was gonna ask you, I thought you might know," he counters. "I've been trying to figure it out for years. Anybody has an idea out there, write me a letter and tell me. I don't know how it got there, it's just there. It could be 'ubiquitous,' it could be 'underwear,' it could be 'Unitarian,' it could be 'union' or a 'ubiquitous, Unitarian, unionist.' Or 'uh' ... I like 'uh.'"

Phillips: Rail-rider, rabble-rouser, and righteous folkie.
Hank Meals
Phillips: Rail-rider, rabble-rouser, and righteous folkie.

U. Utah Phillips'Loafer's Glory: A Hobo Jungle of the Mind airs Sundays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KPFA-FM 94.1.

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