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Posts Tagged ‘Richard Guzman’

HFPA’s Golden Couple Gets Sweet Downtown Write-Up

The real-life script bonding Hollywood Foreign Press Association members Ruben and Janet Nepales reads more like the rom-coms they both sometimes cover for their respective Filipino outlets. They first met in journalism school in 1976, but she thought he was a “nerd”; a few years later, they reconnected at a Paul Williams press conference and started dating; today, as husband and wife, they playfully compete on behalf of their native country’s top two newspapers for Tinseltown scoops.

All this and more can be savored in a breezy profile of the HFPA power couple by Downtown News city editor Richard Guzmán. The Nepales have been back in the city core for five years now, living in a Bunker Hill apartment complex after raising two daughters in the San Fernando Valley:

Ruben pens three columns a week dubbed “Only IN Hollywood” for the Inquirer. He is also a contributing editor for Balikbayan, a magazine published for Filipino expats in the United States and other parts of the world…

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Downtown News Reporter Fails to Conquer His Fear of Heights

At the beginning of October, members of the LA media were invited to preview the reward that would be claimed on October 7 by 71 people who had met a certain Boy Scouts fundraising threshold. Each good citizen was going to be allowed to rappel down the side of downtown LA’s 32-story Westin Bonaventure Hotel.

Despite suffering from a fear of heights, Downtown News reporter Richard Guzmán (pictured) decided to give it a go. Per the headline of his resulting October 21 account, things did not go well. All hail “The Not-so-Amazing Spider-Wuss:”

Everything was great for about four or five floors. Then, I made the mistake of looking around, and when I saw how high I was, I lost it. My arms literally went numb and my legs felt like loose spaghetti. I couldn’t plant them on the side of the building. I couldn’t make my hand squeeze the lever to lower myself.

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