Dr. Arrington asked if I could give him a ride home, which I was glad to do. … Just as I stopped the car in front of his house, Dr. Arrington said an interesting thing. "The only way I could boost your salary appreciably [as a full-time employee] would be if you became an Assistant Church Historian." … This last bit of our conversation was really a surpri[s]e to me. It dumbfounded me that he even suggested the possibility of my becoming an Assistant Church Historian.
[From the diaries and memoirs of D. Michael Quinn, in 'On Writing Mormon History, 1972-95,' edited by Joseph Geisner, Signature Books, 2020]