Max is a proud Ogden boy, graduate of Uintah Elementary School, South Ogden Junior High and Bonneville High School.
He then packed up his Subaru and journeyed to the big city to study all kinds of random stuff at the University of Utah.
Random stuff became Max's specialty, meandering to a history degree and then into a two-year stint as a VISTA helping set up the Emma Lou Thayne Community Service Center at Salt Lake Community College.
Turns out Graduate School in random stuff is called Seminary, where you spend three years learning more history, psychology, theology and no-longer-spoken languages.
The real disappointment, a Master of Divinity did not qualify Max to make a fluffy white vanilla-pecan confection.
But from great disappointment comes revelation: there's a job in random stuff and it's called journalism!
And so Max's meandering path led to the University of Southern California Annenberg School, and on to Palm Springs and home to Utah.
Of course, love leads from randomness to specificity, and Max loves politics. He's not ashamed to admit he was a David Brinkley fan when it WASN'T cool (you band-wagoners know who you are!)
When Max found a woman who actually had fun on a first date at the Utah State Legislature hearing the "State of the Judiciary" address, he knew he'd found the one.
That was in 1994. Natalie still tolerates him to this day, and his two sons have no choice.