Boyd Matheson: A Japanese teenager named Utah and the sunny side of America

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 11, 2019 10:06 a.m.

    Was ye really named "UTAH"? As in U-T-A-H?

    Because "Uta" means "Song" in Japanese and is a common boy's name in Japan.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    June 11, 2019 2:11 a.m.

    Okay, Boyd. Stay with me (don't bump me off the Comment section here). I think this whole adventure of collecting things FOR 'Utah' (in Japan), from Utah (which is here). Maybe someone as the DesNews, hmmmm? And, wow, let's get KSL involved. We could have fun with this.

    And, hold on, the piece de resistance—why not let 'Utah' ride in the Days of 47 Parade as an honored guest (with the Parade Marshall, or Miss Utah or someone) THIS year! It would be a great piece for Delta Airlines both here & in Japan. Bring the kid's parents, & let them enjoy more of the "sunshine of America"! This could be a GREAT PR stint for everyone involved, from big to small.

    Maybe the folks at the Grand America would like to put the kid & his parents up!?! And some ski resort here could take them up for a sunshiney afternoon at their resort. (Who knows, one of the resorts might still have SOME snow up there then (The Greatest Snow on Earth!)

    His dad's car work was done free. After all, we are not only "the home of the brave", but "the land of the FREE"!?!

    Everyone, Anyone in the state could invite EVERYONE to this state, to enjoy the free sunshine here (when it's not raining), National Parks, the works!

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    June 11, 2019 2:01 a.m.

    Boyd, on 2nd thought, there were a few things I omitted (unintentionally) in my first list of what to send 'Utah' in Japan.

    There's lip balm made at Freeport Center in Clearfield that could at least help protect his lips against too much sunshine. I think they make & sell sunscreen too!

    We need some Utah (Mormon) Missionaries headed his way (on their way to serve a mission) who might drop the stuff to him (& his dad)! C'mon, you can't get MORE (-mon) Utah than that!

    And, how about some free poker chips from either a casino on the Ute reservation (any ones still open there)? And maybe the Paiutes might have some cool radio-active trash that might be unique, & not too dangerous to send him from where they bury that stuff on their land in Tooele County?

    Maybe a Navajo store in San Juan County could 'donate'(?) a little turquoise necklace or bracelet, belt buckle or something to send? (Hit up some rich guy in Salt Lake to pay for that). They could use the cash.

    Some guy down in Blanding used to carve & sell things like miniature replicas of Delicate Arch (from sandstone mined in Arizona - hey, even though some can be a little 'Flake'-y down there, they're neighbors—we're friends)!

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    June 11, 2019 1:27 a.m.

    Uplifting story, Boyd.

    You ought to send his son some things from Utah. A Utah flag, to be sure. A mini-blue spruce he could (or someone here could) shape into a Bonzai plant for him. He needs a University of Utah hat. A BYU one; UofU one; Weber State one; Westminster one; UVU one; SUU one; Dixie one; and whatever other colleges or universities in the state (they ought to give them to him for free;). And a Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz jersey! He needs some Great Salt Lake salt crystals (hey, GSL)? Some Kennecott Copper 'copper'. Some Carbon County coal. Some Duchesne County crude (oil). A Utah cricket (ever seen one of those devouring 'monsters'. The suckers grow to be 4 inches or longer)!

    Geez, some Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square CD's, perhaps a relic from Topaz. Brine Shrimp eggs. A vial of water from the 'other' 'Jordan River' that flows between a 'fresh' water lake (with algae blooms), and the again beginning to rise Great Salt Lake.

    The "sunny side of America" should offer him a free visit to a dermatologist in Utah (since it is the nation's skin cancer capital)—I should know, I just had some removed from my nose a couple of weeks ago (it's all that darned SUNSHINE)!!!

  • Just Ed Waynesburg, PA
    June 10, 2019 3:31 p.m.

    What a lovely story! Thank you for sharing.

  • SLC Grandma Salt Lake City, UT
    June 9, 2019 6:51 p.m.

    It is amazing what everyday kindness and support can mean to another person..sometimes more than we'll ever know. So much good happens in our world but, unfortunately, we hear mostly about the bad. Thank you, Mr. Matheson, for this upbeat reminder of our sunny side.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 9, 2019 2:55 p.m.

    Such a wonderful story. Especially for me, a native of Utah.

  • Susan Quinton Draper, UT
    June 9, 2019 1:15 p.m.

    That is a beautiful story about him and his teenager, and I love the concept of a sunny side of America! Thank you for a positive article.