Apr 29, 2010

A Morales' tale

Press-Telegram boxing-beat writer Robert Morales, who used to stop by the Pasadena Star-News offices fairly regularly, is one of the nicest reporters I ever worked with - proving that former gang members are generally less uptight than most journalists. The P-T has a nice profile of Morales in today's paper. The story leads with the rough stuff.

Here's a snippet:
"I'm so lucky to be alive," says Morales, a 53-year-old Long Beach Press-Telegram sportswriter whose popular weekly boxing column appears in this newspaper and seven other MediaNews Group ones in Southern California.

Boxing is a sport rife with tough guys with mean backgrounds. But I doubt any of those men Morales has been chronicling for the past 16 years lived a more self-destructive existence than he once did when he engaged not only in gang-banging but also in frightening levels of alcoholic consumption.

At 15, Morales was one of the founders of an outfit called West Covina Trese, and routinely began getting into rumbles with rivals from nearby cities.

3 comments:

Bridget said...

Right on for Bob. Glad to see that. I worked with him some years ago.

guy said...

Good one G

Anonymous said...

You the man BOB!!!