Sunday Night Wrap Up.
Greetings, friends. My poor Padres have just been skunked by the Dodgers, so I type this with heavy heart. It being Jackie Robinson Day and all, I will grudgingly say that the Dodgers outplayed my boys and then I'll move on to happier things.
Things such as congratulations... Please join me in saluting our friend, colleague and fellow member John McCoy, whose shot of the fire above the Hollywood sign was named California Picture of the Month award for March from AP. John's always good at finding a different angle on his subject, and though I can't find a link to it, trust me, it was a rockin' shot. In other photo news, I neglected to mention Andy Holzman's win in the APNEC awards alongside Dennis last week-- though Andy's not a member of our esteemed crew of unionistas, he's a heck of a shooter and deserves credit for a job well done. And finally, for photos, Hans Gutknecht did his usual masterful job with the latest in our Ripatti series, both in pictures and helping out in interviews.
I usually just use this blog to recognize our members' work, but a few things have come across my inbox that were worth mentioning, so I also wanted to point out three other cool pieces of work. First, check out Heather Gripp's story on a former CSUN basketball coach: http://www.dailynews.com/search/ci_5614880 (thanks to Gideon for the recommendation) and also Ramona Shelburne's piece on the Imus flap (http://www.dailynews.com/search/ci_5636521). Then, for something that's both clever and outright funny, look to our sister paper, the Press Telegram, for Jeff Gritchen's video on the Long Beach Grand Prix: (http://www.insidesocal.com/video/videos/what_does_a_race_car_sound_lik.html).
Speaking of good work, in a slightly different way, I just got a card in the mail from our old colleague Jennifer Radcliffe, who, along with her husband Will, has become the proud parent of Atticus Riley Radcliffe, a very handsome young man born March 16. He was 8 lbs., 13 oz. and 20 inches long, with a full head of hair and a thoughtful expression to boot. Fantastic news all around.
Alright, all this congratulation has left me in a festive mood, so let's act on, shall we? I'd say it's high time we met up for happy hour, so let's do so on Thursday, April 19. Just for convenience sake, we'll trot across the parking lot to El Torito at the corner of Canoga and Oxnard, around 6 p.m. or so. We'll chat about the paper, the industry, good times and whatever else suits your fancy. Hope to see you all there.
And till then, keep up the fine work and I'll chat with y'all soon.