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C.J.

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C.J. is a columnist in the Star Tribune's Twin Cities section. Her column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
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C.J.: Kevin Sorbo thinks being a Christian has hampered his career in Hollywood

C.J.: Kevin Sorbo thinks being a Christian has hampered his career in Hollywood

Kevin Sorbo has had a herculean career in Hollywood, considering the impediment of the Minnesota boy’s deep Christianity. The Mound native believes his faith…
C.J.: A herculean career that's included discrimination in Hollywood Kevin Sorbo says

C.J.: A herculean career that's included discrimination in Hollywood Kevin Sorbo says

Kevin Sorbo has had a herculean career in Hollywood, considering the impediment of the Minnesota boy’s deep Christianity.The Mounds native believes his faith has…
C.J.: Former WCCO-TV anchors recall magical living-room singalong with B.B. King

C.J.: Former WCCO-TV anchors recall magical living-room singalong with B.B. King

In the early 1980s, now-retired WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby partied and sang with B.B. King in the Minneapolis apartment of then-co-anchor Ann…
Nowlin and Auberjonois waking up Hollywood with Minn. production co.

Nowlin and Auberjonois waking up Hollywood with Minn. production co.

Minnesota-born actor Kate Nowlin and her actor husband, Remy Auberjonois, are moving here. “They are literally looking for a house right now,” said…
C.J.: Twitter's Product Poet may be guy with dough, but he doesn't want you to know

C.J.: Twitter's Product Poet may be guy with dough, but he doesn't want you to know

The master plan for this interview with Twitter’s @ProductPoet was that all my questions would be in rhyme. Most poetry makes absolutely no sense…
C.J.: A guy who may have dough is behind Twitter's @ProductPoet but he doesn't want everyone to know it

C.J.: A guy who may have dough is behind Twitter's @ProductPoet but he doesn't want everyone to know it

The master plan for this interview with Twitter’s @ProductPoet was that all my questions would be in rhyme.After puzzling over rhyming questions, I enlisted…
C.J.: Jimmy Jam's daughter's an 'anti-Kardashian'

C.J.: Jimmy Jam's daughter's an 'anti-Kardashian'

Jimmy Jam’s little girl has gotten big enough to be described as an “anti-Kardashian” player in the modeling game. Popular magazine named
Q&A: Kevin Smith on God, 'Mallrats 2,' net worth

Q&A: Kevin Smith on God, 'Mallrats 2,' net worth

The cult-loved director even explained his purported net worth.
C.J.: Minnesota has become home for Nicole and Greg Jennings, despite the Vikings

C.J.: Minnesota has become home for Nicole and Greg Jennings, despite the Vikings

The release of Greg Jennings by the Vikings will not cut his family’s ties to the Twin Cities. Nicole Jennings, who’s frantically…
C.J.:The late Ruby Dee knew how to handle a son who was a mouthful

C.J.:The late Ruby Dee knew how to handle a son who was a mouthful

This is Guy Davis’ first Mother’s Day without Ruby Dee. In June the award-winning, actor, author, poet, activist and half of a beloved…

C.J.:The late Ruby Dee knew how to handle her son when he was a young mouthful

This is Guy Davis’ first Mother’s Day without Ruby Dee. In June the award-winning actor, author, poet, activist and half of a beloved…
C.J.: TV guys Blake McCoy and Tom Butler have nationally recognized hair

C.J.: TV guys Blake McCoy and Tom Butler have nationally recognized hair

KARE 11’s Blake McCoy has the best hair, according to a website that looked at “Local Newsmen With the Best Hair by State.”…
C.J.: With Lindsey out of the picture, is the fairway clear for Elin to let Tiger have one big old mulligan?

C.J.: With Lindsey out of the picture, is the fairway clear for Elin to let Tiger have one big old mulligan?

“I guess she just forgot to share with us guys that things may not be working out,” Gayle King, co-anchor of “CBS This Morning,”…

C.J.: Moviemaker Kevin Smith grew up, got a new dogma

Kevin Smith is focused on this life. That became apparent when I asked the moviemaker who wrote the screenplay to “Dogma” if he…
Moviemaker Kevin Smith grew up, got a new dogma

Moviemaker Kevin Smith grew up, got a new dogma

Kevin Smith is focused on this life.That became apparent when I asked the moviemaker who wrote the screenplay to “Dogma” if he believed…
Kevin Smith would film 'Mallrats 2' in Minn. with right tax rebates

Kevin Smith would film 'Mallrats 2' in Minn. with right tax rebates

The 1995 original was filmed in Eden Prairie.
C.J.: Kevin Smith says he'd film "Mallrats 2” here if Minnesota offers incentives

C.J.: Kevin Smith says he'd film "Mallrats 2” here if Minnesota offers incentives

Minnesota is not a lock to be the backdrop for “Mallrats 2,” Kevin Smith told me Tuesday. So think of other questions to ask…
C.J.: Retired WCCO sports guy R.J. Fritz battling cancer with chin up

C.J.: Retired WCCO sports guy R.J. Fritz battling cancer with chin up

“You know one of my friends wrote to me, ‘We’re all terminal. A lot of us just don’t know when,’ ” retired WCCO-TV sports guy
C.J.: With 'Super Troopers' star there's the occasional Meow without any cattiness

C.J.: With 'Super Troopers' star there's the occasional Meow without any cattiness

Meow, you knew a certain word wouldn’t be avoided when interviewing Erik Stolhanske.Since the Minneapolis-born actor and member of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe…
C.J.: With "Super Troopers” star Erik Stolhanske there's the occasional Meow without a hint of cattiness

C.J.: With "Super Troopers” star Erik Stolhanske there's the occasional Meow without a hint of cattiness

Meow, you knew a certain word wouldn’t be avoided when interviewing Erik Stolhanske.Since the Minneapolis-born actor and member of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe…
C.J.: Retired WCCO sports reporter R.J. Fritz fighting cancer

C.J.: Retired WCCO sports reporter R.J. Fritz fighting cancer

Former WCCO-TV sports guy Ralph Jon Fritz has stomach cancer. “I plan to live my life as normal as possible during the upcoming fight,” he wrote in an e-mail to friends.
Rusty Gatenby may do movie reviews for WCCO but not looking for more

Rusty Gatenby may do movie reviews for WCCO but not looking for more

Rusty Gatenby’s movie reviews on WCCO-TV’s “Mid-Morning” may not augur a return to local weekday TV. “I would not be employed or work for…
C.J.: KSTP's Ellen McNamara jumping into the deep in Kansas City

C.J.: KSTP's Ellen McNamara jumping into the deep in Kansas City

Ellen McNamara promises she’ll be seen again in the metro if we attract a specific big rasslin’ event, and, oh, yeah she’ll return for…
C.J.: Tom Halden jumps from Fox 9 to Archdiocese

C.J.: Tom Halden jumps from Fox 9 to Archdiocese

Halden has ended a 20-year broadcasting career at what is now Fox 9 to become the communications director for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
C.J.: KSTP decided to let WCCO handle the marriage proposal

C.J.: KSTP decided to let WCCO handle the marriage proposal

WCCO-TV’s Ashley Roberts forgot to deploy her deep, authoritative anchor voice Wednesday when her KSTP-TV photographer beau Justin McCray popped the question on-air.…
C.J.: Lindsay Radford leaves KSTP-TV on a high, which seems appropriate as she heads to Colorado

C.J.: Lindsay Radford leaves KSTP-TV on a high, which seems appropriate as she heads to Colorado

KSTP-TV news director Lindsay Radford is leaving Channel 5 on a high almost as legendary, and literally so these days, as the one…
C.J.: Celebrities for Carol Fitzgerald Memorial benefit are a secret, including Adrian Peterson

C.J.: Celebrities for Carol Fitzgerald Memorial benefit are a secret, including Adrian Peterson

Will Adrian Peterson sneak into Minneapolis to make an appearance Friday at the 11th annual Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund benie? “I hope so.…
C.J.: There's nothing junky in fashion designer Marc Bouwer's closet

C.J.: There's nothing junky in fashion designer Marc Bouwer's closet

Fashion designer Marc Bouwer is bringing his easy demeanor back to the metro April 24 for a cable TV show’s “Fashion Designer Showcase.” When…
C.J.: There's nothing junky in Marc Bouwer's closet

C.J.: There's nothing junky in Marc Bouwer's closet

Fashion designer Marc Bouwer is bringing his easy demeanor back to the metro April 24 for a cable TV show’s “Fashion Designer Showcase.”When last…
C.J.: Celebrities for Carol Fitzgerald Memorial benefit are a secret, including Adrian Peterson

C.J.: Celebrities for Carol Fitzgerald Memorial benefit are a secret, including Adrian Peterson

Will Adrian Peterson sneak into Minneapolis to make an appearance Friday at the 11th annual Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund benie? “I hope so.…
C.J.: A former NFLer has the nerve to ask Adrian Peterson what he's thinking

C.J.: A former NFLer has the nerve to ask Adrian Peterson what he's thinking

Some Adrian Peterson apologists thought former NFL safety Tim Watson lacked the stature to write a critical open letter to the, at…

C.J.: Borash longed to be on 'CCO but makes Impact in ring

Jeremy Borash, host of “Impact Wrestling” on Destination America, which airs Fridays at 8 p.m., has become a world-traveling, mega professional wrestling play-by-play announcer and sometimes ring foil.
C.J.: Jeremy Borash longed to be on 'CCO but has made big Impact in the ring

C.J.: Jeremy Borash longed to be on 'CCO but has made big Impact in the ring

Jeremy Borash has a bigger following than he would have if his greatest childhood ambition had been realized: an afternoon talk show on…
C.J.: Jason Matheson lands a big new assignment at Fox 9

C.J.: Jason Matheson lands a big new assignment at Fox 9

Jason Matheson is getting a 10 a.m. talk show on Fox 9.A station spokesperson, who talked on background because there’s been no official announcement,…
C.J.: Jason Matheson lands a big new assignment at Fox 9

C.J.: Jason Matheson lands a big new assignment at Fox 9

Jason Matheson is getting a 10 a.m. talk show on Fox 9. A station spokesperson, who talked on background because there’s been no official…
C.J.: Evan Lysacek's as cool as the "Stars on Ice” surface

C.J.: Evan Lysacek's as cool as the "Stars on Ice” surface

Olympic champion Evan Lysacek left the intensity on the ice. In this interview to promote his appearance in Sunday’s “Stars on Ice” at St.…
C.J.: Evan Lysacek's as cool as the "Stars on Ice” surface

C.J.: Evan Lysacek's as cool as the "Stars on Ice” surface

Olympic champion Evan Lysacek left the intensity on the ice.In this interview to promote his appearance in Sunday’s “Stars on Ice” at St. Paul’s…
C.J.: The good news is that nobody threw a shoe at KSTP's Joe Schmit

C.J.: The good news is that nobody threw a shoe at KSTP's Joe Schmit

KSTP-TV sports anchor Joe Schmit had an unfortunate encounter with a shoe that apparently belonged to former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Schmit…
C.J.: Borton and her partner embark on a commuter relationship

C.J.: Borton and her partner embark on a commuter relationship

Former Gophers women’s basketball coach Pam Borton is staying in Minnesota, for now, even as her partner moves to Pennsylvania for a new job.
C.J.: Dr. Verna is a reservoir of happiness, ready to overflow in your direction

C.J.: Dr. Verna is a reservoir of happiness, ready to overflow in your direction

Some visitors to the downtown Minneapolis Hilton should leave feeling happier than when they arrived March 24 — for reasons that have nothing to…
C.J.: Dr. Verna is a reservoir of happiness, ready to overflow in your direction

C.J.: Dr. Verna is a reservoir of happiness, ready to overflow in your direction

Some visitors to the downtown Minneapolis Hilton should leave feeling happier than when they arrived March 24 — for reasons unrelated to duplicity.
C.J.: Everything on display at new Martin Williams offices, including CEO's wit

C.J.: Everything on display at new Martin Williams offices, including CEO's wit

The office space designed by Perkins+Will is sleekly posh, starting at the entry where Tom Moudry said, “I wanted to make this less like a TSA checkpoint at LaGuardia or MSP and more like hotel concierge.”
C.J.: Meteorologist Paul Douglas remains happily married despite chatter to the contrary

C.J.: Meteorologist Paul Douglas remains happily married despite chatter to the contrary

Paul Douglas’ recent reference on TPT2 to his “new in-laws” had some viewers speculating. The Star Tribune chief meteorologist heard what I’ve been hearing.…
C.J.: Carson Kressley can even zhuzh up people who comb their hair with a pork chop

C.J.: Carson Kressley can even zhuzh up people who comb their hair with a pork chop

Carson Kressley is probably my favorite celebrity interview ever.Back before Shop HQ rebranded itself as EVINE Live, I talked to the outrageous Kressley about…
C.J.: Carson Kressley can even jzuzh up people who comb their hair with a pork chop

C.J.: Carson Kressley can even jzuzh up people who comb their hair with a pork chop

Carson Kressley, probably my favorite celebrity interview ever, is scheduled to be part of EVINE Live’s April 24 “Designer Showcase.” Back before Shop HQ…
C.J.: Rena Sarigianopoulos is getting married but not taking his name on KARE 11

C.J.: Rena Sarigianopoulos is getting married but not taking his name on KARE 11

KARE 11 weekend anchor Rena Sarigianopoulos faintly wondered why her companion of two years, Scott, was so well dressed for Friday’s excursion. She…
C.J.: Dancing TV show host Carla Beaurline's last name rhymes with beauty queen, but don't do it!

C.J.: Dancing TV show host Carla Beaurline's last name rhymes with beauty queen, but don't do it!

A pulled hammy wouldn’t let Carla Beaurline do the “very sizzling rumba” she practiced for the “6th Annual Dancing with the Twin Cities Celebrities Charity Ball” sponsored by the metro’s Arthur Murray studios.
C.J.: Dancing TV show host Carla Beaurline's last name rhymes with beauty queen but don't do it!

C.J.: Dancing TV show host Carla Beaurline's last name rhymes with beauty queen but don't do it!

A pulled hammy wouldn’t let Carla Beaurline do the “very sizzling rumba” she practiced for the 6th Annual Dancing with the Twin Cities…
C.J.: Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson knows his biggest fan well

C.J.: Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson knows his biggest fan well

KARE 11’s promotions department won’t have to do a bit of PR for new meteorologist Jeff Edmondson with his dad roaming the metro.
C.J.: A beauty of a contest in undercutting your frenemy — cue the vicious meowing

C.J.: A beauty of a contest in undercutting your frenemy — cue the vicious meowing

It’s not difficult to judge what’s going on between Carla Beaurline and Wendi Russo. They’ve had a falling out, though neither will simply…

C.J.: Richard Coffey dances around question of where Amir will attend college

Richard Coffey is going to try to hustle around a dance floor Saturday night the way he once did in the paint. Coffey is…
Jason Matheson leaves WCCO-TV for Fox 9 – again

Jason Matheson leaves WCCO-TV for Fox 9 – again

Jason Matheson has quit WCCO-TV. “We are happy to announce that Twin Cities media personality Jason Matheson is returning to his roots at Fox 9…
C.J.: Anchor Kelcey Carlson doesn't get all wrapped up about how she dresses

C.J.: Anchor Kelcey Carlson doesn't get all wrapped up about how she dresses

I’ve been expecting another e-mail from reader Candace, a Fox 9 News viewer. “Can you find out why Kelcey Carlson on FOX9 News…
C.J.: The question amused Adrian Peterson

C.J.: The question amused Adrian Peterson

As Adrian Peterson arrived at U.S. District Court Friday, five blocks from where the new Vikings stadium is being built, I asked him a…
C.J.: A man who doesn't mind being called a clown, because the money's not funny

C.J.: A man who doesn't mind being called a clown, because the money's not funny

Justin Rumford is such a clown. Proud of it, too. Rumford is the “2014 Rodeo Clown of the Year,” an honor he told me…
C.J.: A man who doesn't mind being called a clown, because the money's not funny

C.J.: A man who doesn't mind being called a clown, because the money's not funny

Justin Rumford is such a clown.Proud of it, too. Rumford is the “2014 Rodeo Clown of the Year,” an honor he said he has…
C.J.: On behalf of the homeless, Melanie skates over to Miley's side

C.J.: On behalf of the homeless, Melanie skates over to Miley's side

Melanie won’t need any brand-new roller skates to slide into Miley Cyrus’ back yard. Saturday I was returning a phone call to Melanie,…
C.J.: Kevin Hart almost beats Adrian Peterson in late-night dash

C.J.: Kevin Hart almost beats Adrian Peterson in late-night dash

The Vikings running back, currently suspended by the NFL after pleading no contest to a reckless assault charge, created a sensation in a late-night race against comedian Kevin Hart captured on cellphone video.
C.J.:The Super Bowl is a business trip for ThePoshMommy.com CEO who's Vikings WR Greg Jennings' wife

C.J.:The Super Bowl is a business trip for ThePoshMommy.com CEO who's Vikings WR Greg Jennings' wife

Nicole Jennings is making a name for herself.
C.J.: Posh Mommy CEO Nicole Jennings can take her business wherever Greg Jennings may go

C.J.: Posh Mommy CEO Nicole Jennings can take her business wherever Greg Jennings may go

ThePoshMommy.com opened for business at the Super Bowl. The online boutique (theposhmommy.com) that raises money for charities opened a pop-up store in Arizona for its…
C.J.: Fox 9 anchor Kelcey Carlson is pregnant, which means maternity leave fill-in work for Amy Hockert

C.J.: Fox 9 anchor Kelcey Carlson is pregnant, which means maternity leave fill-in work for Amy Hockert

Fox 9 anchor Kelcey Carlson is expecting a baby.“The due date is the end of May-June. You could call it an oops,” the…
C.J.: Taylor Swift could teach a generation about the classy value of handwritten notes

C.J.: Taylor Swift could teach a generation about the classy value of handwritten notes

Taylor Swift could’ve tickled Donna Valentine pink by tweeting congratulations to the Twin Cities radio personality when Valentine was nominated for a country music award in 2009.
C.J.: Mother of Minneapolis-born "Black-ish” star keeps the bar high for her actor children

C.J.: Mother of Minneapolis-born "Black-ish” star keeps the bar high for her actor children

“I always tell the kids, ‘I don’t want anybody on Leno talking about: ‘I had money, but my momma took it,’ ” said Keri…
C.J.: Mother of Minneapolis-born "Black-ish” star is having a good day when there's no eye twitch

C.J.: Mother of Minneapolis-born "Black-ish” star is having a good day when there's no eye twitch

“I always tell the kids, ‘I don’t want anybody on Leno talking about: “I had money, but my Momma took it,” ’ ” said Keri…
C.J.: Mother of Minneapolis-born "Black-ish” star keeps the bar high for her actor children

C.J.: Mother of Minneapolis-born "Black-ish” star keeps the bar high for her actor children

“I always tell the kids, ‘I don’t want anybody on Leno talking about: ‘I had money, but my momma took it,’ ” said Keri…
C.J.: Slide over to Beverly Hills Pawn for a pair of Prince's shoes or Mayte's handcuffs

C.J.: Slide over to Beverly Hills Pawn for a pair of Prince's shoes or Mayte's handcuffs

Beverly Hills Pawn may be the place to shop for Prince memorabilia. Bring a briefcase full of cash. His first ex-wife, Mayte Garcia,…
C.J.: Rusty Gatenby said "I do” for Jennifer Vock without a boohoo

C.J.: Rusty Gatenby said "I do” for Jennifer Vock without a boohoo

The King of Rock & Roll got Rusty Gatenby through his Saturday marriage ceremony with Jennifer Vock without any blubbering. I reached Gatenby…
C.J.: No buttons were pushed during this interview with Frank Conniff

C.J.: No buttons were pushed during this interview with Frank Conniff

It’s not easy to push Frank Conniff’s buttons. The “Mystery Science Theater 3000” cult figure — described on his Twitter account as a “writer,…

C.J.: No buttons were pushed during this interview with Frank Conniff

It’s not easy to push Frank Conniff’s buttons. The “Mystery Science Theater 3000” cult figure — described on his Twitter account as a “writer,…
C.J.: If Tim Torkildson's poetry is good enough for the New York Times ...

C.J.: If Tim Torkildson's poetry is good enough for the New York Times ...

Poet and retired clown Tim Torkildson has gotten revenge on me via the NY Times. “You came down to Nicollet Mall when I was…
C.J.: Prince is a gem for "Diamonds and Pearls” vocalist Rosie Gaines

C.J.: Prince is a gem for "Diamonds and Pearls” vocalist Rosie Gaines

An Oakland, Calif., fundraiser is planned for Rosie Gaines, a keyboardist who was Prince’s “Diamonds and Pearls” co-vocalist. Brenda Vaughn, an Oakland-based…
C.J.: Corey Brewer's a good NBA player and an even better dad

C.J.: Corey Brewer's a good NBA player and an even better dad

Former Timberwolf Corey Brewer is a lot more comfortable changing diapers than he is on a dance floor. I learned all kinds of amusing…
Brewer's fiancée a generous, good-willed clutch player

Brewer's fiancée a generous, good-willed clutch player

Former Timberwolf Corey Brewer is a lot more comfortable changing diapers than he is on a dance floor.I learned all kinds of amusing stuff…

May 2012: C.J.: The fifth Mrs. Hecker has lots of juicy stuff to share

"A beautiful mess" is the phrase the current and fifth Mrs. Denny Hecker uses to describe her time with the disgraced and incarcerated auto magnate in June's "as told to interview" in Minnesota Monthly.
C.J.: Sven Sundgaard photo heats up Instagram

C.J.: Sven Sundgaard photo heats up Instagram

KARE 11 meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is doing his part to raise temperatures during this frigid stretch. On his Instagram account Sundgaard posted a photo…
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