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Sheriff Joe Arpaio hits Hollywood for screening of documentary about him

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was in Hollywood on Wednesday to see himself on the big screen.

He's there to see the documentary film, "The Joe Show," at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. "The producer, Randy Murray, invited me," Arpaio said.

He said that Murray has told him that he may be walking the red carpet at the Chinese Theater on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Arpaio joked that walking the red carpet is no big deal -- "I have red carpet in my office," he said.

Film crews followed Arpaio for eight years. He admitted that he doesn't like the movie. "It shows about 32 minutes of negative situations that go way back in history," Arpaio said.

The sheriff will take questions from the audience after the movie. "Whatever they ask me, I'll try to be honest," Arpaio said.

He said that he did not attend recent screenings of the film at the Scottsdale Film Festival because he thought protesters would show up and cause a disruption. Arpaio said he usually draws protesters when he appears in California.

"It kind of died down somewhat," he said, "but let's see if they show up there. It may be a test to see if they still are concerned with the way I operate my office."

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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