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Posted on: Sunday, April 25, 2010

For music legend, it's all about family

Advertiser Staff

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Quincy Jones

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President Obama

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Despite his record-breaking success in music for 60 years, Quincy Jones says his proudest achievement is his seven children and six grandchildren.

Jones talked about his life and music career during an hourlong on-stage conversation with Ludacris on Friday night as part of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' annual "I Create Music" expo at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles.

The 77-year-old composer and producer says it's been "a blessing" to have worked with "every major artist of the 20th century," including Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, but his No. 1 job is "being a good parent."

"The other things, you know, that's a gift from God and I cherish it," he said. "I don't take it for granted."

He called his children and grandchildren "the pride of my life now." Seeing them successful is "my Nobel Prize," Jones said.

FIGHT IS ON TO SAVE BOOM BOOM ROOM

Some residents of Laguna Beach, Calif., are urging the city to give historic status to a building that housed a famous gay bar where Rock Hudson once held court for decades.

Gay activists have said the Boom Boom Room at the Coast Inn on Pacific Coast Highway is an essential part of the city's history and have asked owner Steven Udvar-Hazy to find a way to preserve it.

Udvar-Hazy bought the property five years ago and closed the bar in 2008.

The city's planning commission approved his proposed renovation on April 14. He plans to turn the hotel into a 10-suite boutique inn with a rooftop pool but no bar or restaurant.

PASTRY'S 'A BIG PROBLEM' AT WHITE HOUSE

Presidents have had their indulgences Ronald Reagan loved jellybeans and Bill Clinton binged at McDonald's. What's President Obama's weak spot? Pie.

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod told Jay Leno on Friday that the president "has a weakness for pie."

"One of the things that happened when he came to the White House is they have a very great pastry chef. It became a big problem," Axelrod confided on "The Tonight Show."

DOCUMENTARY DETAILS SPITZER SEX SCANDAL

A much-anticipated, untitled documentary about former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his sex scandal has premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Though many of those interviewed for the film were in attendance last night, the documentary's subject was not there. Director Alex Gibney, whose "Taxi to the Dark Side" won the 2007 documentary Oscar, interviewed Spitzer four times over the two years he spent making the film. He made it in tandem with author Peter Elkind, whose book, "Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer," was recently released.

Ashley Dupre, the former call girl involved in the scandal, was not interviewed for the film.

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