PROF. ROBERT Goldberg, director of the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, pulled into the foreign terrain of Salt Lake City to teach history in 1980.
The move was so traumatic that the New York native still refers to Utah as one of the last exits in the Diaspora.
“When I first arrived here, it was an oy vey moment,” he says. “Everyone was blond, every woman looked pregnant and you could not find a cup of coffee anywhere.”
Goldberg, 65, recalls a telling incident from his first week in Salt Lake City that’s stuck with him for decades.
“I had to buy a car, so I went to a dealership,” he says. “I found a car I liked, and the dealer said, ‘Why don’t you drive it off the lot?’