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FBLA 20 Questions: Randi Schmelzer


PR Week’s Los Angeles bureau chief, Randi Schmelzer, somehow managed to find the time to answer our notorious questions. When not keeping her finger on the pulse of the world of public relations, Randi enjoys long walks on the beach, trying out new restaurants, and puppy wrestling. Turn-offs: mean people.

1. What newspapers do you read?
Los Angeles Times, LA Business Journal, New York Times, and parts of the Wall Street Journal, L.A. Daily News and NY Post. And the Cleveland Jewish News, so I know exactly whose bris, shower, wedding or funeral my parents have recently attended and feel the need to discuss at length.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? The Cleveland Jewish News, always. Passages like, “How else to celebrate the milestone 70th birthday of Mort Weisberg, well-known nursing-home mogul, than with a festive party?” were positively written for reading aloud.

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark? aside, way too many: MB’s FishBowlLA and AgencySpy, LA Observed, Gridskipper, Ray Richmond’s Past Deadline and Virginia Heffernan’s Screens blogs, Radar Online, Failure mag, BlatherWatch, Egotastic, … and my very favorite, Snopes.

4. Where do you get your car washed?
I try to mix it up as much as possible, because I like to see what sorts of one-of-kind treasures are available in each facility’s attached gift shop. (Any suggestions?)

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? I do know his first name, but how could I not? Aren’t all dentists supposed to have a wall in the waiting room labeled with huge, cardboard cut-out letters reading, “Dr. Dan’s Zero-Cavity Club”? Or whatever his/her first name is. Underneath, there are those Polaroid snapshots of grinning patients cuddling an oversized stuffed tooth. Maybe it’s just my dentists.

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FBLA 20 Questions: Mike Winder

As a Communications Specialist for the J. Paul Getty Trust, Mike Winder spreads the word on activities at Getty Center and the Getty Villa. He studied creative writing at UCLA, wrote for
Alternative and Los Angeles CityBeat, and now uses those creative talents to answer our inane questions.

1. What newspapers do you read? Every morning I read the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal cover to cover. Then I go back to bed.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? I tend to stumble over the word “nuclear” wherever it appears in print.

3. Which websites are on your favorites bookmarks? Well, Fishbowl LA goes without saying. I also love Slashdot Games, Engadget, and LAObserved.

4. Where do you get your car washed?The Sherman Oaks Car on Ventura Blvd. It’s conveniently located near my in-law’s house.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? Kenneth. I just saw him last month. I’ve got a brand new filling with his name on it.

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when? They’ll never die. Like any living, breathing, entity, they’ll just evolve over time. Unless you believe in Intelligent Design. In that case, they’ll die when Jesus returns.

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FBLA 20 Questions: Emmanuelle Richard

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Foreign correspondent, Emmanuelle Richard contributes to French daily Liberation,Swiss public radio and French Vogue. She blogs, she’s clever, and has that effortless French chic but a wicked sense of humor about the world, show biz and Los Angeles. We’re overjoyed she answered our questions.(And a word to all future 20 Questioners–she sent us all the URLs, saving us hours of valuable time.)

1. What newspapers do you read?

The New York Post, first thing in the morning since they started delivering in L.A. a few years ago. I wish I could say the L.A. Times (where her husband works) but I love too much starting the day laughing out loud or shouting: “Good Lord!” You have a sense that the people there have a blast hunting for stories, producing the pages and coming up with insane headlines. And you grow so fond of the gallery of characters, apart from the many unpleasant anti-European columnists. Then I grab the L.A. Times, starting with the Opinion section. I also check the website of the national daily paper I work for in France, the left-leaning Liberation.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? You mean, when you silently mutter WTF? More often than not, the LAT, especially when they feel the need to rephrase a paragraph three times in one story that could easily be 30% shorter. To be fair, my hometown paper also induces a lot of silent “WOW”s, and I often end up defending it in conversations in L.A. where trashing the LAT seems like a requisite sport. Coming from France where investigative journalism is as foreign as tofu, I feel very lucky to have the LAT.

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FBLA 20 Questions with Joy A

1175612227_l.jpgPop On The Pop is much, much more fun than any of those big-boy celeb gossip sites, and here’s one reason why: Joy A (pictured here showing off her lovely eyelids). We ask Joy A our patented 20 Questions to find out what makes her “pop.” The answer? Jake Gyllenhaal, being mistaken for Brandy and a unicorn named Magical. Natch.

1. What newspapers do you read?
I don’t actually read any newspapers right now, because I’m real busy. But I do glance! Haha. I take a good glance at The LA Times, sometimes USA Today. I also visit news sites.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading?
I think I read too fast for moving my lips simultaneously.

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark?
As far as celeb gossip goes, I’m a sucker for People’s website and TMZ. But some of my fave bloggers are Evil Beet and Seriously? OMG! WTF?.

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FBLA Has 20 Questions for Ken Levine


FBLA is proud to introduce our newest endeavor: getting LA’s quotable noteables to answer a bunch of silly questions. First up: Ken Levine. (Levine had the best line about the recent SAG awards: “Wouldn’t it have been great a few years ago if Castaway had won for best Cast in a motion picture?”)

1. What newspapers do you read?

The LA TIMES, NY TIMES (on Sunday), CHICAGO TRIBUNE TV section, LA WEEKLY when I need a massage.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? NY POST

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark? Los Angeles Radio People, Defamer, Hoffmania

4. Where do you get your car washed?
Who actually knows the name of their car wash? It’s on Sepulveda somewhere. They do an okay job and I can buy Steve Hall inspirational piano CD’s and pine tree air fresheners in their gift shop.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? No because he doesn’t say his name in the credit dentist ad.

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when?
No. I believe their online offshoots will take a greater importance but people want to hold a newspaper.

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