NOTE: New to the Internet, my mother started frequenting SPLICED a few months back and has been the loudest of all my readers about the fact that I STILL haven't put anything on this Bio page.
Last week, I get this in my email. I have posted it here, unedited, until I get my butt in gear and write somthing myself.
Okay. This page has been blank long enough. SPLICED's author needs a bio and who better to write it than his mom? Yes, Rob would be better, but when he's not watching movies, he's interviewing or writing about them, leaving time for little else. Persuaded to use that little time for eating and sleeping (a mom kind of concern), he consented to let me create this page.
I'll spare you the peripheral stuff (like what an adorable toddler he was in his little red hat) and jump right to the main menu.
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Rob was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, where his parents still live (and are still recovering from those years). He began writing with style and wit as soon as he could hold a crayon, driving his teachers crazy with a broad vocabulary that he understood but still can't spell.
He absorbed vast amounts of information by osmosis rather than by studying like normal kids. He did the skateboard and rock concert thing and dabbled in retail since he grew up in a mom-and-pop store, but his head buzzed with movieolla.
California beckoned in 1990 and off he went in his classic '49 Plymouth sedan, never looking back (though I think he still roots for the Broncos). He studied journalism with a great teacher and mentor, Paul DeBolt, at the nation's top small-college newspaper, THE ADVOCATE at Contra Costa College. There are lots of awards for layout and writing in his Oakland apartment that he probably wouldn't mention, but I'll tell you that he built the best entertainment section that newspaper ever had.
PRESENT AND FUTURE:
Reviewing movies is the hub of Rob's life, and except at deadline time, it doesn't even feel like work. Besides this Web page, he writes for Bay Area community newspapers and looks to a future as movie critic for one of the media greats. (To browsing employers: please note his e-mail link!)
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You won't get a run-of-the-mill movie review from Rob because he's not (thank God) a run-of-the-mill guy. With the money he's saved us from seeing movies we'd wish we hadn't, I think I buy him a present -- maybe a week (chuckle) at a dude ranch.
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