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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.


Recent Articles
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    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Senator Mitt Romney is seen as one of the few Republican members of the U.S. Senate perceived as undecided in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and he’s doing nothing to dispel the impression. In a Monday evening letter, he seemed to disagree with one of the President’s legal arguments: that the House charges don’t amount to actual crimes and are thus not impeachable. Romney’s letter called the charges “extremely serious.” But after providing […]

  • The air is cleaner for those living at higher, more expensive elevations

    SALT LAKE CITY — A simple drive from a Wasatch Front canyon into a valley during an inversion proves a simple point. Air pollution lingers down low. New, inexpensive air pollution sensors are proving the point with more precision than a simple eye test. Dr. Kerry Kelly, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Utah, is a principal investigator on a project called “AQ and U.” The project combines air quality measurements from government, university, and recently […]

  • Ogden airport far closer to homes than any of Utah’s other busy airports

    WEBER COUNTY, Utah — Roy City and the Ogden-Hinckley Airport have a serious disadvantage compared to Utah’s other busy airports when it comes to managing pilot and public safety. The main runway is less than half a mile from homes. It’s been that way for more than half a century, when residential development came to the corner of 4400 South and 1900 West directly in the southwest flight path from Ogden-Hinckley. To the northeast, Ogden-Hinckley looks over a sharp elevation […]

  • Salt Lake Tribune surveys Utah women on sexual assault and partner violence

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s rate of violent crime is far lower than the national average in almost every category. According to FBI crime statistics, Utah has: 2.3 murders per 100,000 residents compared to the national rate of 4.5, 44 robberies per 100,000 residents compared to the national rate of 102, And 119 aggravated assaults per 100,000 compared the national rate of 233. But Utahns are victims of rape at rates far above the national average, with 49.4 cases per […]

  • Americans increasingly concerned about gap between rich and poor

    The U.S. is the world’s biggest economy and is home to more of the world’s wealthy than any other country, but the gap between rich and poor is larger than the same gap in other advanced economies. According to the organization for economic cooperation and development, the U.S. has a greater wealth disparity than all of its member states except Turkey, Mexico and Chile. The Pew Research Center published a study from survey data on Thursday showing 61 percent of […]

  • Sen. Mike Lee open to witnesses, but still says Trump’s actions are not impeachable

    SALT LAKE CITY — Senator Mike Lee is in line with Republican leadership when it comes to impeachment, but the way he talks about it suggests he might support hearing testimony from witnesses when an impeachment trial is underway in the U.S. Senate. “The Senate could make such a rule [to reject witness testimony] at the outset. I think it should not do so here,” Lee said in an interview Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will […]

  • 52 F35As take to the skies over Utah

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — There’s only one place in the world where it could happen. Only Hill Air Force Base in Northern Utah has a full complement of F-35As, the 5th Generation joint strike fighter the U.S. will use to project military power around the world. Upon the arrival of its 78th F-35A, the 388th fighter wing wanted to demonstrate its ability to get a full combat-ready wing into the air, and they did it with speed and […]

  • Utah’s lone Democrat in Washington, Rep. Ben McAdams, will vote to impeach President Trump

    MURRAY, Utah — Rep. Ben McAdams announced Monday morning that he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Utah’s lone democrat in Washington said he had hope to censure the president rather than put the country through the impeachment process. “I believe a bipartisan action would better protect our country from future election meddling and presidential wrongdoing than a party line impeachment followed by a Senate show trial that makes a mockery of objective consideration of the President’s seat, but […]

  • The “Plate-ies:” an unofficial celebration of Utah’s favorite license plates

    Every now and then, I (Max here) get to spend my day delving into fun and relatively useless data…and then SHARE IT WITH YOU! Here are some of the charts I made while compiling the results of the “Plate-ie” awards:

  • Holiday tipping: Who Americans tip and how much

    SALT LAKE CITY — Americans are all over the map when it comes to tipping during the holidays. In fact, the map makes a difference. People living in the Northeast tip more than those of us in the West and the South, according to creditcards.com. Millennials tend to tip more, but they are less reliable in the regularity of their tips than older generations, the site also says. Consumer Reports tells us that Americans who have housekeepers tend to tip […]

  • Utah is the second most charitable state, study shows

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns are among the most generous people in the nation, according to Wallet Hub. The personal finance website uses 19 metrics that indicate charitable behavior. Wallet Hub’s metrics includes volunteer rates, charitable fundraising, and donations. Utah is ranked No. 2 overall. Minnesota ranks No. 1. Utah ranks first in multiple categories. Utah is tied at No. 1 for donated income among two other states, Georgia and Arkansas. Residents of Utah rank first in its percentage of […]

  • Substitute fired for lecturing child about his adoptive dads

    CEDAR HILLS, Utah — The classroom at Deerfield Elementary School must have looked and sounded like thousands across the country. Late November, fifth graders excited about the holiday coming up, and a substitute teacher asking, “What are you thankful for?” But when an eleven year old named ‘D’ answered, things veered off course. “I’m thankful that I’m finally going to be adopted by my two dads,” D said. ‘D’ has been in foster care for years…and has been through two failed […]

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