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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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  • Reyes, Stormont show different fundraising patterns in AG race

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    No criminal charges in Dickey’s BBQ toxic tea incident, but mediation scheduled

    SALT LAKE CITY –  Employees and owners of a Dickey’s BBQ Pit restaurant in South Jordan escaped criminal charges after a woman was seriously injured after drinking tea contaminated with cleaning chemicals. The Salt Lake County District Attorney said he will not file charges because there was no evidence of intent to harm or criminal recklessness. The case in questions involves Jan Harding, a 67-year-old woman who went to the restaurant with her husband on Sunday, August 10. After drinking the tea, […]

  • Judge orders alleged BYU groper to stand trial

    PROVO, Utah — A man accused of groping women on Brigham Young University’s campus has been bound over for trial Thursday. At a preliminary hearing Judge Roger Griffin decided prosecutors provided sufficient evidence to bring 23-year-old Nathan Fletcher to trial; Fletcher faces two misdemeanor charges of sexucal battery in connection with the incidents but maintains he is innocent. Each charge carries a possible one year jail sentence and a $2,500 fine. Fletcher became a suspect after members of BYU’s track […]


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