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Reference Question of the Week – 6/22/14

   June 28th, 2014

Davy CrockettIn the time my website was down, I kept collecting the odd reference question whenever they came up. Not that it really matters, but some of these questions are from a few weeks ago.

I was sitting next to a coworker at the reference desk when she answered the phone. She listened for a moment, and then covered the phone, turned to me, and asked,

Before I start answering this, was Davy Crockett a real person?

Ha. I said yes, and she said turned back to her computer and looked something up online. She found whatever it was she was looking for, and said into the phone,

Yes, there are descendents of Davy Crockett still alive today.

You're welcome

And then hung up. Apparently, that's all the patron wanted to know.




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One Response to “Reference Question of the Week – 6/22/14”

  1. Tori Says:

    After being asked for photos of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, the original Robin Hood, and the book Citizen Kane was based on… I probably would have asked the same question.