Ron [Walker of the church history department] said that Elder Hinckley could be a good champion for us [church historians] if he finally came to know us. He is the only one of the brethren, he said, who has a listed phone number. Because of that he receives many crank calls but feels he needs to do it. He feels at least one of the brethren should have a listed number so that people can find someone to "tell off" or to express their feelings to. This says a lot about Elder Hinckley. Ron said that he thought he told Brother Hinckley that he would like to chat with him for a half hour about some of the problems we face in writing history. "We just can't write the way the brethren used to write fifty years ago. We just have to be more honest."
[Source: Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]