Posts tagged with "The Salt Lake Tribune"

A mysterious ‘millionaire’ advertises on highway billboards for a wife

May 8, 2019

According to Credit Suisse, there are 17.3 million millionaires in the United States. But as of today, we only know of one of them who is advertising—on highway billboards, yet—for his future wife.

In fact, Elle magazine reports, if you’re driving down Interstate 15 in Salt Lake City, it’s hard to miss several very large billboards ballyhooing a date with a rich member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “LDS Millionaire looking for his wife,” they read. “Exclusive VIP Event June 7.”

And, as it turns out, those ads are legit.  There’s actually some affluent guy in Utah pitching himself on the side of a highway that’ll take you all the way from San Diego to Alberta, Canada, Elle says.

Erin Schurtz, who bills herself as the LDS matchmaker, told The Salt Lake Tribune that she set up the whole thing and that her client truly is looking for love.

“This person has tried lots of different avenues and hasn’t been successful yet,” Schurtz told the newspaper. “He’s a great guy and has so much to offer.”

While Schurtz guarded the bachelor’s identity, she offered a few clues to news outlet. She said the man is a millionaire, a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, originally from San Diego, from a big family, between 30 and 45 years old, and stands 6 feet, 1 inch tall.

 “I would say tall, dark and handsome,” Schurtz said.

The billboards stay up until May 31, at which point 20 lucky women will be invited to join the mystery man on an exclusive group date. Interested parties should fill out an application, here, which has a drop down menu for “body type” that includes, “slender, athletic, average, a few extra pounds, large, and petite.” The application also requires two photos and asks, “Are you currently a worthy temple recommend holder?” and “Did you serve an LDS Mission?”

As of Monday, 326 women have applied

Research contact: @LDS_Matchmaker

78% of Utahns want Senator Orrin Hatch to retire

November 18, 2017

Utahns are split over whether they approve of seven-term Republican Senator Orrin Hatch’s performance in office, but a large majority are sure they don’t want him to run for office again, according to a new poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

Nearly 80% of registered voters statewide polled recently said Hatch—who is currently Senate Finance Committee Chairman and who also  serves as the Senate’s president pro tempore —shouldn’t seek re-election, with 57% saying he should “definitely not” run. Those numbers mirror results from a January poll that found 78% of Utahns think the senator should retire at end of his term.

“Even though he’s in a powerful … the voters are indicating they’re ready for a change,” said Tim Chambless, associated professor of Political Science at the university, adding, “If I were the campaign manager for Senator Hatch, I’d be very concerned.”

Hatch made news last week when he intervened to say that the President Trump “Cut, Cut, Cut” tax bill would not only benefit the rich. “I really resent anyone saying that I’m just doing this for the rich,” Hatch said, disgust evident in his voice, according to a report in Red State. “Gimme a break. I think you guys overplay that all the time and it gets old.”

Hatch has said he intends to run for another six-year term, although he won’t officially make the call until later this year. He had said during his last run in 2012 that the next run would be his final bid, but now says President Donald Trump, fellow senators and business leaders are urging him to continue on.

Research contact: tburr@sltrib.com