Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Jackie (Guerrido)!



Happy birthday wishes go out today for my very favorite weatherperson (not just one of my favorites, but my very favorite... I don't know why) Ms. Jackie Guerrido! The amazing thing is I can say that knowing that I've never understood a single word she's ever said!
Jackie was born in Municipio de la Ciudad Capital San Juan Bautista, better know as San Juan on the unincorporated island territory of Puerto Rico, which is a United States unincorporated territory, so she was born an American citizen, in case you were wondering. She grew up there as well, and after finishing high school she moved with her family to the Bronx, of all places, in New York.
Jackie tried out acting before becoming a journalist and getting interested in the weather, and was one of several thousand girls who auditioned for the part of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, in the movie "Selena," which eventually went to Jennifer Lopez.
She was offered a job on a morning radio show called El Vacilon de la Mañana ("Good times in the morning"), in New York, by a producer who heard her doing voice over work, and soon was offered another radio job in Miami where she settled down. After about a year she got a job at HBC Radio Company, where she reported news and traffic, and she did so well at that she soon got her own music program.
I don't know if you noticed, dear readers, but Jackie is quite lovely... for a girl, and producers apparently thought she would transmit well onto television, and soon got a job on Spanish language T.V. doing traffic, so at this point she was doing both radio and T.V., just like Glen Beck.
Another big time national Spanish language television company called Univision, got Jackie to work for them as a weatherperson on the show Al Amanacer de Noticias 23 ("Morning News at Channel 23"). Now Jackie's a bright and industrious girl, and since she was working as a weatherperson, she thought she might as well study meteorology, which she did at the University of Miami (she also studied journalism at the University of Florida).
Now I used to watch the Univision morning show Despierta America ("Wake Up America"), in the late 1990s, even though I couldn't understand what they were saying because they kept speaking freaking Spanish all of the time (no consideration for their gringo viewers whatsoever)! I kept watching though. Why? Well, I was secretly in love with one of the hostesses, a Giselle Blondet to be precise, but that's a whole other story (my love has gone unrequited all of these years). But this is where I first became acquainted with Jackie's wonderful expressive form of weather forecasting, the freaking best weather forecasting I've ever seen. I have no idea if she was accurate or not, but it was the best weather forecasting I've ever seen.
Jackie has since moved on (as well as Giselle) and is now the weather reporter for Univison's evening show, Primer Impacto ("First Impact," for you gringos).
I know it's hard to believe but Jackie is the mother of two teenage daughters, recently (2008) married some kind of foreign singer type dude, was named the "Good Will Ambassador" of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, and all of us here at Joyce's Take wish her and her family continued good fortune (Giselle too), and a very happy birthday!
Happy Birthday Jackie!

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