Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Todd Graham

ASU Head Football Coach

With a bible on his desk and a picture of Tom Landry on the wall, Todd Graham calls himself a teacher first, but his current job description, arguably, is that of salesman. Arizona State University’s new head football coach is trying to sell the idea of a rejuvenated program to fans, recruits and boosters – a program mired in mediocrity and thuggish behavior during the five-year reign of former coach Dennis Erickson.

 

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Project Greenlight

A Valley movie mogul is helping return filmmaking to Arizona – backed by a trove of shipwrecked Spanish emeralds.

Ruben Arizpe prides himself on the ability to pick a good script. During his career in movie financing, the Valley-based dealmaker helped marshall into existence such blue-chip blockbusters as Jerry Maguire and The Horse Whisperer.

 

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Vin Vin Proposition

The creator of Postino and La Grande Orange has an unslaked passion for cozy wine bars and vintage buildings.

Craig DeMarco stands in the middle of his next URBAN dining sensation, a 3,200-square-foot space that doesn’t have a name or even a concept yet. The 1950s building in central Phoenix, designed by famed Valley architect Al Beadle, has been gutted. All that remains are exterior walls of floor-to-ceiling glass, a bare concrete floor and, possibly, a long-lost skylight concealed by ceiling panels.

 

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Connie Colla

ABC 15 Anchor

If you noticed something familiar about the new morning personality over at ABC15, here’s why: She isn’t new. Before bolting the Valley in 1995 to work for the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, Connie Colla made memorable morning TV with Ron Hoon at KPNX/12. Back then, the Emmy-winning Scottsdale resident was a single, rising star. Now Colla, 46, returns to Phoenix as a married mother of two to anchor “ABC15 Mornings” from 4:30 to 7 a.m. weekdays – not new, but unmistakably fresh.

 

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Tara Hitchcock

Free agent TV personality

Life is what happens when you’re making other plans, they say. For former Good Morning Arizona ringmaster Tara Hitchcock, it’s also what happens when you’re enjoying an extended five-month sabbatical.

 

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Ted Simons

Host of Horizon
Ted Simons grew up in Washington, D.C. during the tumult of the Vietnam era, first-hand witness to some of the most significant events of the century. Amid riots and the aftermath of assassinations, the young boy would grab Time magazine and, using the family coffee table as a desk, anchor the nightly news before an imaginary audience.

 

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A Sun-Roof Over His Head

Steve May made waves as a brash Arizona lawmaker. Now the pseudo-homeless pol’s a vagabond advocate for minority groups.

When former Arizona congressman Steve May announced on Facebook last September that he was shuffling off his possessions and calling his Cadillac Escalade home, many of his 4,700-plus friends freaked out, offering their couches, carports and condolences.
But May says the plan – dubbed “DWNSIZE,” after the vanity plate on his Escalade – was entirely by design. “I did DWNSIZE for many reasons, none of them out of necessity,” May says. “It has been a learning experience for me.”

 

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