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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.


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  • Parents discuss ways to keep kids active while beating the summer heat

    SALT LAKE CITY — Rachel Nelson is a mom who has experienced the summer dilemma. “If we can find any answer for the hot boredom, we are there,” said Nelson as she watched her children play in the Seven Canyons Fountain at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. “Hot Boredom” may just be the best name for what parents and their children are experiencing as the thermometer flirts with triple digits and ozone fills the air. Other parents flock to […]

  • Sen. Hatch talks same-sex marriage, cannabis oil treatments, Trade Promotion Authority

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    MURRAY, Utah — A century-old school’s time is about up, as Hillcrest Junior High School in Murray will be torn down to make way for a new school. This week, former students got to walk through their old stomping grounds one last time. “There are portions of this building that are actually some of the first buildings that we had in our school district,” said Steven Hirase, the superintendent for Murray School District. The school was built in 1911. At […]

  • Utah’s youngest counties are REALLY young

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  • Open house will showcase 7 new jumps at Olympic Legacy Park

    PARK CITY, Utah — World Cup Aerial Freestyle Champion Mac Bohonnon doesn’t need to prove his bravery at the top of a ski jump, but he admits he was a little scared at the top of the Utah Olympic Legacy Park’s old jumps. “You go up there, you look at a jump and you go, ‘there’s no way I’m going to go off that thing!'” Bohonnon said as he described the jumps he’s been training on for years. Now Bohonnon […]

  • Utah flag company pulls Confederate Flag from website due to ongoing controversy

    SALT LAKE CITY — Flag sellers find themselves in an unfamiliar position as they respond to the controversy surrounding the Confederate Battle Flag in South Carolina. Utah flag company Colonial Flag, located in Sandy, does sell the Confederate Battle Flag, though they removed the flag from their website and their showroom because of ongoing controversy. “Colonial flag is very understanding of the increased emotion that is tied with this situation right now,” said John Hartvigsen, an advisor to Colonial and […]

  • Mitt Romney tweet ignites discussion of removal of Confederate Flag at SC Capitol

    SALT LAKE CITY — For a former Massachusetts Governor who never developed a strong following in the American South, Mitt Romney may have just exerted an outsized influence on its culture with a tweet. The tweet said: Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor #Charleston victims. That was Saturday morning. Romney was retweeted more than 44,000 times by Monday morning. One of the reply came […]

  • Researchers examine what made Utah a popular home for dinosaurs during Triassic period

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  • Local faith leaders express grief, disappointment over fatal South Carolina church shooting

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  • Wildfire danger on the rise with 13.2 percent of Utah homes at risk

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  • State commission supports public aid for protesting county commissioner

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Commission on the Stewardship of Public Lands decided that the federal case against a San Juan County Commissioner is exhibit ‘A’ in their argument against federal control of public lands in Utah. “These are fundamental issues that are at the core of the constitution,” said State Sen. Scott Jenkins of Weber County, as he voted for a motion supporting Phil Lyman, the San Juan County Commissioner who led a protest ride through Recapture Canyon, […]

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