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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    WASHINGTON — Senator Susan Collins of Maine might have saved Utah Senator Orrin Hatch from a few minutes of verbal abuse had she tweeted eight hours earlier.  Collins announced her opposition to the Graham Cassidy Health Care Bill on Twitter about two hours after Hatch’s Senate Finance Committee completed contentious hearings on the measure.  Graham Cassidy was hanging by a thread. Kentucky’s Rand Paul and John McCain of Arizona were already opposed, and Republicans could not afford another defection.  As disability […]

  • Salt Lake City Airport construction on time, on budget and underwater (sort of)

    SALT LAKE CITY — The biggest completed portion of construction at Salt Lake City International Airport is underground and will soon be underwater. The airport will sit on top of a series of giant tunnels that transport baggage, house plumbing and power, and allow workers to move through the facility. The challenge: the airport is adjacent to a sea of salt water, meaning the tunnels were built well below the water table. Leon Nelson, the construction manager, says the project […]

  • With Molina leaving, Utah’s biggest insurer commits to the ACA marketplace

    \SALT LAKE CITY — About 70,000 Utahns will have to choose a new health exchange policy during a November open enrollment period because Molina Healthcare is leaving the Affordable Care Act Marketplace, commonly called the exchange. But Utah’s largest provider, SelectHealth, tells Fox 13 they are committed to staying in the exchange. Jason Stevenson with the Utah Health Policy Project says losing Molina is a problem, but not a crisis. “It’s a big inconvenience,” said Stevenson, speaking of the Molina […]

  • Salt Lake Comic Con brings out the nerdy best in Utahns

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake Comic Con is expected to draw about 120,000 fans to the Salt Palace Convention Center this year, and co-founder Bryan Brandenburg thinks this may be the best year yet. “Based on all the ingredients in the soup, it’s going to be the best one ever,” Brandenburg said. Among those soup ingredients, Brandenburg is especially excited about Jon Cusack and Val Kilmer, two icons of the movie industry. Some of the younger attendees, like friends […]

  • Utah Congressman praises Trump on North Korea speech

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Congressman Chris Stewart tweeted his support for President Donald Trump’s aggressive speech to the United Nation’s General Assembly. Loved the prez speech today at UN. He said the truth. He said things that many of us have wished our prez would say — Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) September 20, 2017 Stewart has focused on tensions with North Korea as part of his work on the House Select Committee on Intelligence. In fact, he was going […]

  • Huntsman sails through confirmation hearing, disagreeing with President on Russian hacking

    WASHINGTON DC – It turns out Washington politicians can get along despite party differences, so long as Utah’s former governor Jon Huntsman Jr. is in the room. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Russia, Huntsman received praise from every Senator who spoke. “I really just wanted to come back to compliment you as one of the very highest quality nominees for an ambassadorial post I have seen in my seven years on […]

  • Jon Huntsman Jr. faces Senate hearing for Ambassador to Russia job

    WASHINGTON – Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. has been waiting to start his new job since the beginning of March. On Tuesday, he gets his hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee as President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Russia. “He’s exactly what this administration needs,” Congressman Chris Stewart said as he reflected on the often hostile relationship between Russia and the United States. “If they can make it more difficult for the United […]

  • Amazon to Utah? The reason some say ‘no way!’

    SALT LAKE CITY — There’s a giant prize dangling out there for Economic Development Directors in cities across North America, and speculation on who might have the inside track has already begun. America’s dominant online retailer, Amazon, has decided to build a second headquarters to complement its hub in Seattle. The selected city would get an infusion of money: $5 billion in the early going, and Amazon says they would employ a workforce of about 50,000. The New York Times’ […]

  • Hired goats: they come, they eat, they move on

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  • ‘100 Deadliest Days’ in Utah grow less deadly over three years

    SALT LAKE CITY — The 100 deadliest days, the period of increased travel from Memorial Day to Labor Day, were less deadly than they have been in recent years, with 87 deaths on Utah highways. The Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Department of Transportation compiled the numbers for 2017, comparing them to previous years. In 2016, 94 people died in traffic deaths in Utah during the “100 Deadliest Days,” and 111 died during the same period in 2015. On […]

  • Bell Canyon trail marked for hiker safety

    SANDY, Utah — Bell Canyon offers all of the things Wasatch Front hikers love in a mountain trail: dramatic views, peaceful lakes, a lot of elevation gain along a flowing stream, and even waterfalls. It also offers precarious drop offs and dangerously fast water tumbling down rocks. Sandy City installed trail markers Friday to help hikers stay on the trail and to help them communicate their location if they need rescue. “We want people to continue to use it, but […]

  • Utah Wildlife Board increases number of cougar hunting permits

    SALT LAKE CITY — After a long public hearing, the State Wildlife Board approved a proposed increase in the number of cougar hunting permits available in Utah. Cougars are the fourth largest cat species in the world after tigers, lions and jaguars. They roam North and South America and are not considered threatened. In Utah, the Division of Wildlife Resources estimates their population at a minimum of 2,000, and they believe it’s more likely there are close to 4,000 of […]