Meridian has a nice retrospective on Hugh Nibley by Orson Scott Card. It turns out that Card knew several of the Nibley kids as friends while he was a high school student, and he often visited the Nibley home, which he describes as follows:
Families are either open or closed -- and the Nibley home was as open as any family I have ever known. There was no pretense, though of course there was privacy. No one was trying to impress anybody.
Card had several informal conversations with Nibley while visiting -- a real rush for the teenage visitor, who appears to be one of Nibley's more unlikely disciples. He writes that Nibley
was also willing to listen, even to a callow kid like me, and seemed to feel no need to put anyone down, no matter how idiotic their comments. At the same time, he would offer helpful information to relieve truly painful ignorance, but when I was so corrected, I never felt that I had been reprimanded or humiliated.Nibley seems to have had the power of energizing those around him, a "touch of the master's hand" sort of thing. But that his influence extends as wide as the work of Orson Scott Card is something of a surprise. Card says that the first Nibley book he read was "An Approach to the Book of Mormon," also the first Nibley book I read and one which likewise made a lasting impression on me.
Card says some very kind things about Nibley in the course of his essay, comments that are based on his visits with Nibley as a teenage visitor in his home rather than on professional interactions that are the basis for most of the other reflections on Nibley I've seen published recently. Card's comments are worth reading -- and they are, as always, enjoyably well written.