Barbra Streisand and Ingrid BergmanIf a color photograph existed showing reporters gathered around Barbra Streisand in the press room of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion after she'd won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1969, you'd see a young man in a brown suit sandwiched among a crowd in black tuxedos and elegant gowns. That misfit would be me.

I was a sportswriter for a suburban southern California newspaper then, but if there was one thing I knew I would enjoy more than watching an athlete set a world record, it would be seeing a movie star receive an Academy Award. I'd been watching the Oscars on television as far back as I could remember, and had been betting on their outcomes for about as long. It occurred to me during my first year in newspapers that I might wrangle a press pass to the show itself.
categories Oscars, Awards