Curtis comes to the Smudge with 30 years of newsroom experience, a deeply serious mind and a craving for knowledge.
A native of Lethbridge, Alberta in Canada, Curtis refers to himself as a “dogged crusader for the truth” and "the ace" of the Smudge staff. He covers New York’s statehouse, Wall Street and important fish news for the Smudge. In 1993, Curtis was voted The Most Smug News Reporter in West Virginia, a noteworthy accomplishment for someone who only flew over the state once as a child.
The son of notorious Canadian food critic Julius Riboflavin and his wife, supermodel Alexia Bargain, Curtis graduated from Oxford University in England with a degree in intelligence and the Harvard Law School, where he specialized in botany law.
Curtis began his journalism career at The Edmonton Duckling, an acclaimed finance newspaper in Canada and has worked for several successful daily newspapers in upstate New York, including The Utica Cobbler.
Curtis considers himself one the smartest men in North America. In his spare time he enjoys writing law books, dining at fine establishments, listening to classical music and reading about sturgeon.
Curtis lives in Loudonville with his wife, the poet Rebecca Bacitracin, and their two children, Julia and Kanye.
ALBANY — A decent-looking Colonie woman who used to be attainable by average-looking men has dropped 13 pounds, changed her hair and now claims she is "way out of their league."
Friends of Jennifer Zoo, 24, tell The Albany Smudge the former Average Jane is now “brimming with a newfound confidence and is, officially, ‘all that.’"
"Men might not have noticed 'who's who in the zoo’ before, but they certainly do now. It's a Jennifer Zoo," said Eunice Peterson, 27, who’s an "8" herself.
"Jenny Z is the place to be," said Guy Traffic of Troy. "She rose from a '4' to a '6.' She's really got it going on. I have no shot with her at all now."
Chip Chapps, a paunchy and bespectacled assistant with Geek Squad at BestBuy in Crossgates Mall, said he dumped Zoo last year because he did not believe she was good looking enough for him.
The new Jenny passes muster, he said.
"I might have to rethink that decision," Chapps said. "The 'Chip & Jenny Show' might get renewed for another season after all."
Men who were shown a photo of the new Jenny liked what they saw.
"I'd hit that," said Jeff Dude, 33, of Colonie.
"Yeah, me too," added his father, Jeff Dude Sr.
"I'll show her a freaking zoo," said Marvin Frosting, a friend of the Dude family.
All three men are unemployed.
Zoo is pleased with the direction of her looks, but declined further comment, saying she didn’t want to come off “like some stuck-up bitch.”