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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Talk About It ...
Philly Guy's More Interesting Than Martha
Here's how a reality show should advertise for contestants: "Wanted: Brash, conniving backstabber, eager to misbehave for camera time." Well, Martha Stewart's Apprentice has one, and should we be surprised he's a Philly guy? Tall, dark and loathsome, Jim Bozzini, 36, grins into the lens each week, and brags about fooling other contestants and bending them to his diabolical will.

Last night, after an aside about being "invincible," he got to be project leader, and went to a bar with his team, putting his feet on the table and talking about beer bongs, Cuervos, getting drunk and having sex. Somehow his team still won.

Last week, says NBC's Web site, he almost got kicked off for profanely pitching salad dressing in a store, saying it was good for foot massages. But he's also shown a tender side, beaming on an earlier show, when finding out his wife had given birth to another daughter.

Frankly, the show's not great. Stopped watching after two weeks, because fussy tasks about flowers and weddings make me queasy. But at least this guy has a pulse. Which isn't always evident with ever-professional Martha.

Bozzini went to Temple's Tyler School of Art, has a marketing business in the city, lives in Gilbertsville, and names Texas Chainsaw Massacre as one of his favorite movies.


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