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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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    SALT LAKE CITY — What could be more relaxing than fly fishing on one of Utah’s blue ribbon trout streams? It turns out fishing and tying flies can even calm the stress of war-ravaged veterans. After a year of combat duty in Iraq with the 116th Engineer Company, Warren Price returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder. He said he had flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. He said he felt like his world was spiraling downward until his wife […]

  • Utah dodges worst effects of drought, with hopes for a better winter

    SALT LAKE CITY — Heavy rainfall in May and July seem to have pushed back the worst effects of a four-year drought, though just barely. National Weather Service Hydrologist Brian McInerney says Utah reservoirs are not in great shape, especially the largest. “The smallest ones all filled during the spring snow melt for the most part, but the largest ones: Lake Mead, Lake Powell, Bear Lake–they’re all very low, and that’s a good indication of where we’ve been for the […]

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    About 100 trees illegally cut down in Big Cottonwood Canyon

    BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah – The sight left Barbara Cameron shaking her head. “You just didn’t know whether to cry or scream; it was a real surprise,” said Cameron, who chairs the Big Cottonwood Canyon Community Council. She was looking at the sight of more than 100 trees clear-cut at the site of a proposed development near Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon. “I wish I could turn back the clock,” said Patrick Leary, who is in charge of Township Operations […]

  • Days of ’47 Parade floats on display at South Towne Expo

    SANDY, Utah — The South Towne Expo Center is often home to unusual sights, smells and sounds. This week is no different. The Days of ’47 preview has a giant orange octopus, statues of the Wright Brothers, and even balloon animals. “There’s no two floats the same. They have the same theme, but everybody has a different take on it,” said Parade Committee member Tom Colligan. The preview features 31 of the 41 floats expected in the Parade, and fans who […]

  • Salt Lake City honors history of fire department, those lost in the line of duty

    SALT LAKE CITY — In the history of the Salt Lake City Fire Department, 14 firefighters have fallen in the line of duty. The first was Asa Hall Hancock. His death occurred 95 years ago last week, and modern-day firefighters honored him recently. Hancock was a lieutenant on Salt Lake Fire Engine No. 2, and on July 13, 1920, the crew was responding to a fire when the engine hit a trolley car. Hancock was thrown from the rig and […]

  • My Little Pony convention welcomes 800 ‘Bronies’ to downtown SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — If you’re a man in your forties, you probably remember My Little Pony from the commercials that imprinted a girly, sing-songy tune in your head as you tried to watch morning cartoons. If you’re a man in your twenties or thirties, you may be a “brony,” which is an adult who is drawn to the themes of friendship and harmony exemplified by the ponies in their more recent manifestation in the show “My Little Pony, Friendship […]

  • Utah’s Congressional delegation keeping busy in D.C.

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s congressional delegation is having a big week working toward major prison reform, creating a new education funding program, and even meeting with the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Jason Chaffetz both met with President Barack Obama, discussing reforms on criminal sentencing. The two Utahns are at the head of a growing bipartisan consensus that sentencing guidelines are too draconian for non-violent drug offenders. “People have to […]

  • ‘Jade Helm 15′ military training begins in Utah amid theories of conspiracy

    SALT LAKE CITY — Here are two explanations of Jade Helm 15, one from the Army and one from conspiracy theorists. 1. It’s a massive special operations training conducted in states that most closely approximate the deserts and mountains of the Middle East, or 2. It’s a massive excuse to march into states with high concentration of individualistic veterans and small-government conservatives and enforce martial law. The Utah National Guard and Utah Governor Gary Herbert say option 1 is the […]

  • Researchers ask public for help tracking firefly sightings in Utah

    PROVO, Utah — Researchers from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah are working to take anecdotes of fireflies in Utah and document them to gain an understanding of what and where the insects are. You may be surprised to spot a firefly here in Utah, but researchers said this isn’t the first time fireflies have made the Beehive State their home. “We have reports from way back in the ‘50s that it was here, and we have scientific reports […]

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    SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Restaurant Association is launching a competitive cooking show for teens that has a lot in common with two FOX 13 programs: Hell’s Kitchen and Master Chef, and the new production will air right here on FOX 13. Auditions for Teen Chef Masters were held Thursday in downtown Salt Lake City, and dozens of young chefs tried out. Hallie McKell, who will be a junior at Mountain View High School, was among those who came […]

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    Hillary Clinton coming to Utah as part of presidential campaign

    PARK CITY, Utah — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Utah for a fundraising event next month. Utah Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon confirmed Clinton will be in Park City for a fundraiser on August 5. “For the frontrunner to come to Utah this early on is really significant, and we’re really excited about that. I think it shows that Utah does matter,” said Donald Dunn, former state party chair and member of Clinton’s national finance committee. Attendees […]

  • Can you guess which Utah license plate is the most popular?

    SALT LAKE CITY — It may be the most valuable advertising opportunity for every state in the nation: the license plate. Utahns have to make a big choice every time they register a new car. Do they identify with Utah’s unique red rock landscapes or with the excitement of the greatest snow on earth? It turns out the snow wins, by a fair margin. Watch the video above for a breakdown of the colleges, causes, and statements available on Utah […]

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