GETTING TO KNOW JIM E. CHONGA
Hometown: Portland, Oregon! Graduated from Cleveland High School, attended Pacific University in Forest Grove and Portland State University
Family: Wife Tara; daughter Emily; son Aidan,
Hobbies: Golfing (it’s not just a sport…it’s a way of life!), playing pool, darts, singing in my church choir, reading, and playing the organ (my childhood dream was to play the one at the Organ Grinder on 82nd or the one at Oaks Park Roller Rink…never did)
Favorite Foods: Filet Mignon, Pizza, Hazelnut Crusted Halibut, and Turkey with all the trimmings, and ice cream (maybe these explain my cholesterol issues)
Favorite Movies: Big fan of the Disney Pixar ventures…also the Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter franchises (not that my movie viewing is influenced by my children in any way!)
Favorite Sounds: My children’s laughter, the ocean, train whistles, and popping wine corks
Favorite Vacation Spots: Hawaii, the Oregon Coast, Sun River, and the San Juan Islands.
Guilty Pleasures: Fine wine and desserts!
Something I love that I lost: My dad, in 2005. He became a father at 57 and lived to 94. He swore he’d be the only guy collecting social security with a kid in kindergarten.
Things people would be surprised to know about me: I’m scared to death of getting a speeding ticket…don’t know why, just am…have never even had a parking ticket. I’m usually very quiet at home and at family gatherings. Also have a thing for numbers…I easily remember phone numbers, family and friends birthdays/anniversaries, and license plates of every car my parents or I have ever had.
Physical fitness routine: Who has time? I jump to conclusions and bend over backwards for people on a daily basis!
My Radio Career (all in Portland): KMJK Magic 107 1984-1987, Q-105 1987-1995, KUPL 1995-2008, and since 2009, Oldies 106.7!
BabyNames.com Reveals Best and Worst Celebrity Baby Names of 2012
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31, 2012 -- The results are in! Over two thousand BabyNames.com members weighed in on the best and worst celebrity baby names of 2012:
Worst Girl Name:
Blue Ivy (Beyonce, Jay Z) 47.1%
Runner up: Lukensia (Jillian Michaels, Heidi Rhoades) 29.1%
Worst Boy Name:
Lion (Alex O'Loughlin, Malia Jones 42.5%
Runner up: Kash Kade (Kim Zolciak, Kroy Bierman) 41.8%
Best Girl Name:
Charlotte Grace (Jenn Schefft, Joe Waterman) 24.1%
Runner up: Violet Isabel (Emily Robison, Martin Strayer) 15.5%
Best Boy Name:
Luca Cruz (Hilary Duff, Mike Comrie) 22.9%
Runner up: Finn Davey (Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott) 16.3%
According to BabyNames.com founder & CEO Jennifer Moss, celebrities were much more conservative with their baby naming this year.
"We're not seeing crazy names like Pilot Inspektor or Moxie Crimefighter anymore," says Moss. "I think celebrities are becoming a little more sensitive to the fact that the child has to live with his or her name."
Moss said that the general public does not respond well to noun names like Lion or Apple, or worse: an adjective and a noun like Blue Ivy (Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter). Many fans wrote that Ivy Blue would have been a better choice. "There was also a minor backlash to the two baby girls named Maxwell this year," stated Moss. Songstress Jessica Simpson and husband Eric Johnson named their daughter Maxwell Drew while actress Lindsay Sloane and agent hubby Dar Rollins named their daughter Maxwell Lue. "It's not unusual for male names to cross over onto the female list, but you'll rarely see it go the other way."