Monday, December 10, 2012
Juan Rodriguez - local dean of rock writing
The story would tell of how he came to prominence by writing passionate, informative must-read rock reports that influenced a generation of readers.
His thoughtful, insightful and well-written articles, include this one on Michel Pagliaro and many more about local francophone acts that are too often overlooked by anglos.
But rather than just march onwards like a typical media lifer, Rodriguez jumped ship in 1980, moved off to California for a while, then returned only to realize he had missed a chance to invest in the Trivial Pursuit juggernaut that would have made him rich.
He trudged on, making ends meet by freelancing and penning questions for the game invented by his former colleagues.
Rodriguez has endured a difficult 15 months, having battled a vicious case of diabetes which has claimed one of his legs and he has been hospitalized with other health issues as well, nonetheless he is motoring forward, still penning high-quality articles up to his usual standards and vows to continue to do so.