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This feature—a question-and-answer session with a person from sports/entertainment/politics/whatever—will appear every week on If you have any suggestions/ideas for people to speak with, hit me up at I’m listening. Oh, and for the full categorization of every Quaz, click here.


Desa Philadelphia

This seasoned journalist and development writer at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts knows the intricacies of Elisabeth Shue’s house, the motives behind Sylvester Stallone’s barber ambitions and what it is to have a major American city for a name. Just don’t expose her to Stinking Toe or Fruit Stripe gum.


Tiffany Ackley

Two years ago this Aliso Viejo, Cal.-based attorney underwent a nine-hour surgery to have a brain tumor removed. So how did she respond? By seeking out the good in humanity, then running for city council. And winning.


Maggie Langrick

Gifted in the art of sarcastically rolling her eyes as a teenager, this Canadian rose to fame as the older sibling in “Harry and the Hendersons.” But when Hollywood grew old, she discovered her calling: Helping authors find their voices.


Roger Alan Nichols

I thought his band, “Dreaming in English,” was going to make it huge. They didn’t. But in the 2 1/2 decades since we first met, this music lifer (and standout producer) has worked with some of the world’s greatest artists. And he’s done so with love.


David Grzybowski

Guess what? There’s a brand-new biography of Tom Gola. Yes, Tom Gola. Which leads to three questions: 1. Who is Tom Gola? 2. Why should you care? 3. Why did one man devote five years to such a pursuit? (Answers: A legend. An amazing story. Passion and love)


David Aldridge

You probably know him as “D.A.”—the NBA insider and interviewer of the stars. But one of basketball’s smartest, most-respected gurus is, more than anything, a proud journalist. So don’t give him that #fakenews nonsense.

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