Saturday, June 02, 2007
Vocations can get very specific. Take Patrick Stockstill, who only ever wanted to be the official historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Stockstill died last week, but not before serving 25 years as the world's biggest Oscar know-it-all. The L.A. times reports that at 14, Stockstill started keeping track of Oscar winners on index cards, and had 10,000 by the time he realized his dream of working for AMPAS. I admit to doing the same thing at 14, albeit with a computer. Though I could never take AMPAS seriously enough to work for it, I have a strange respect for Stockstill, who knew exactly what he wanted to do and did it.