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Rip1979crunch.jpg (17579 bytes) Rip Rense spent ten years reporting for the L.A. Herald-Examiner and the Valley News (now Daily News of Los Angeles) and ten more as a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times. As a freelancer, his feature articles and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Denver Post, San Diego Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Atlanta Constitution & Journal, San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Milwaukee Journal, Eugene Register-Guard, and other major U.S. dailies---as well as magazines including TV Guide, People, Los Angeles, Emmy (the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences magazine) Musician, Performing Songwriter, and ICE.  He was Hollywood columnist for TV Guide (Canada), official biographer of the Academy of Television's Hall of Fame. Prior to founding The Rip Post, he wrote an award-winning weekly on-line column, The Rense Retort. His Greater Los Angeles Press Club-award-winning column, Riposte, is carried weekly on this site. Mr. Rense also originated and executive-produced two albums of music for the venerable American a cappella group, The Persuasions: Frankly A Cappella---The Persuasions Sing Zappa, and Might as Well--The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead, and coordinated the group's multi-award-winning children's album, On The Good Ship Lollipop. He has written extensive liner notes for albums by Frank Zappa, The Persuasions, Grateful Dead, Paul Zollo, Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town, and concert program notes for Tom Waits and the Florida Orchestra. One time classical music reviewer for the Valley News, he broke the news in the New York Times of the restoration of a lost Chopin prelude. He has also covered the Beatles extensively for a variety of publications over 30 years, and is a longtime contributing editor to Beatlefan, the oldest Beatles publication in the U.S.. In 1982, while at the Herald-Examiner, he wrote the first comprehensive look at unreleased Beatles music, a nine-part series entitled "Off The Beatle Track," which generated international headlines and won the Valley Press Club Award for Best Features Series. Mr. Rense is the author two novels, The Last Byline ("One of the top 40 works of  L.A.fiction"---California Writer) and his latest work, The Oaks.  He includes among his ancestors the Rippeys and Shearers of Ireland, who helped settle Pennsylvania, fight the Revolutionary War, and combat slavery. He enjoys Laurel & Hardy, W.C. Fields, and Puccini. He is kind to animals.
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