Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Larry Gelwix on Latter-day Profiles

Latter-Day Profiles #904
Larry Gelwix

Many will recognize Larry Gelwix from the movie Forever Strong. Larry attended Brigham Young University where he received his BA and MA in Organizational Communication. Larry was introduced to rugby at BYU and played on the club team for three years.

Larry went on to become an exceptional rugby coach for Highland Rugby in Utah, and led the team to 392 wins with only 9 losses, and 19 national championships. The nationally-released movie, Forever Strong, was based on of this story.

Larry is also well-known in the Intermountain West as the “Getaway Guru” of Travel Show, a two-hour weekend syndicated radio broadcast for the KNRS Radio in Salt Lake City as well as various stations throughout the Intermountain West region. Larry is also a published author and nationally recognized travel expert. Currently Larry is the CEO of Columbus Travel.

Larry served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Midwestern United States. He and his wife Cathy are the parents for five children and currently reside in Salt Lake City.

You can read and watch stories on the impact that Larry and the Highland Rugby team has had on former players at

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Brandon Mull on Latter-day Profiles

Latter-Day Profiles #903
Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War.

Latter-day Profiles will feature Brandon Mull on Wednesday, June 16th at 11 p.m. and Friday, June 18th at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Time on BYUTV. You can watch the full interview online by clicking here.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Joe Cannon on Latter-Day Profiles

Latter-Day Profiles #902
Joe Cannon

Joseph A. Cannon graduated with a law degree from Brigham Young University and became editor of the Deseret Morning News December of 2006. The Deseret Morning News was founded in 1850 and is the oldest, daily newspaper continually published out of Salt Lake City.

Cannon previously served in the Reagan administration as assistant administrator for air and radiation in the Environmental Protection Agency as well as associate administrator for policy and resource management. Just before being recognized as editor of Deseret Morning News, Cannon was chairman of the Utah Republican Party from 2002 to 2006.

Former editors of the Deseret Morning News include Cannon’s great grandfather, Joseph J. Cannon, and great-grandfather, George Q. Cannon. Cannon’s grandmother, Ramona, wrote a column for Deseret Morning News for several years that he often read as a child. Family was the spark of Cannon’s interest and involvement in the newspaper business.

Cannon has served the church in many capacities including a LDS mission in Ireland. He comes from a politically powerful Cannon family of Utah including his brother, Chris Cannon, who served as a Congressman from 1997 to 2009. Cannon married Jan Barney and they have seven children.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Vern Law on Latter-day Profiles

Latter-Day Profiles #901
Vern Law

Vern Law is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. Born in Meridian, Idaho, Law played for 16 seasons (1950-1951 and 1954-1967) for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Law was a member of the National League All Star Team in 1960. He won the Cy Young Award, and led the National League in complete games that year. During his playing career, Law was tagged with the nickname "Deacon" by Pirate broadcaster Bob Prince--friendly nickname derived from his strict Mormon upbringing.

Vern Law has been credited with saying, "A winner never quits and a quitter never wins." and "Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards."

Author John Moody recently released a book titled, "Kiss It Goodbye" which focuses on the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates and Vern Law.