John Purchase

Purchase Buys In: Born Mormon, he?s happily married to his second Jewish wife.

From Salt Lake City to Smoked Salmon Town

I was raised a white-boy Mormon in Salt Lake City in the 1960s. It was a good place to grow up, except that everybody looked like me, and almost everybody practiced the same religion. The only “exotic” person I knew was my best friend in junior high, Barney Josephson. He was Jewish, but he stood out only because he was six feet tall at age 13.