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.

Recent Articles
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  • Stray cat glut? Western Governors label feral felines invasive

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  • Romney makes Senate run official, with a surprise twist

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  • Utah students join nationwide walkout in protest of gun violence

    SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands of students at Utah schools joined their peers Wednesday in a nationwide protest against gun violence. Students walked out of their respective schools beginning at 10 a.m. –  exactly one month after 17 students died in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “I came out here to support everyone – to support everyone that happened in the school shooting in Florida. It means a lot to me ’cause I […]

  • Hatch pushes bill to prevent school violence

    SALT LAKE CITY – Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah held a press conference with the father and brother of a shooting victim to draw attention to the Student Teachers Officers and Parents (STOP) School Violence Prevention Act of 2018. “It’s a historic involvement of a billion dollars in School Safety infrastructure,” Hatch said in brief remarks before introducing several co-sponsors. The STOP School Violence Prevention Act authorizes 100 million dollars of grants a year, administered by the Justice Department, to train […]

  • Opioids killing even more than reported, study says

    The deadliest drug epidemic in American history is taking more lives than we knew. SALT LAKE CITY – The conclusion from a study in the journal “Addiction” looks at how states report overdose deaths and correct for underreporting. The study’s author, Christopher Ruhm, is a public policy expert at the University of Virginia. He looked at the number of overdose deaths are reporting without specifying the type of drug used by the decedent. In some states, fewer than 60 percent […]

  • Mitt Romney responds to Fox 13’s questions about air quality, guns and DACA

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  • Adobe expanding on Utah’s Silicon Slopes

    LEHI, Utah — The biggest tech company at the Point of the Mountain will soon occupy even more of Utah’s Silicon Slopes. Adobe broke ground on a facility that will almost double their workforce from 1,200 to 2,200 in the coming years. “Utah has been a great place for us to find a highly-educated, talented workforce,” said Jonathan Francom, Vice President of Employee and Workplace Solutions for the software giant. Francom says his job takes him around the world setting […]

  • Facebook dominates social media, but research shows Instagram and Snapchat strong among young adults

    SALT LAKE CITY – Facebook dominates America’s social media landscape across generations, but two other social media platforms, Snapchat and Instagram, perform better when it comes to young Americans. The information comes from a study released on March 1 by the Pew Research Center. 68 percent of American adults use Facebook on a regular basis, including 55 percent of Americans over 50. Facebook is the only social media site to attract a majority of Americans over 50. 35 percent of […]

  • Republican infighting on candidate selection reaches legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Republican Party is experiencing some family dysfunction, and it was on display at a Utah State House Committee meeting Monday morning. State Representative Mike Mckell (R-Utah County) and Senator Curt Bramble (R-Utah, Wasatch Counties) want to give the state authority to overlook party bylaws that conflict with state law. The catalyst for HB 485 was a recent meeting of the Republican Party State Central Committee during which gathered members approved a new bylaw ousting […]

  • Utah artist’s latest painting tackles controversy surrounding NFL anthem protests

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  • Dr. Seuss Day brings Utah high school and elementary students together

    For Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the United Way invited students from East High School in Salt Lake City to go to Oquirrh Hills Elementary in Kearns to read out loud and help the students think about characters and stories. Among the students was Quentin Lamb from East High School, who read “The Cat in the Hat” while wearing a “Cat in the Hat” hat. “They bought the hat and I’m happy to wear it,” said the lanky 6’6″ senior with a […]