David Obst

courtesy Jane Gottlieb

David Obst

Our Man Obst

Contributor David Obst knows just how to put a cultural leader like Music Academy of the West’s NancyBell Coe in generational context. He has written a book, Too Good to Be Forgotten: Changing America in the ‘60s and ‘70s, that brings together his experiences as a literary agent for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein during and after Watergate with his role in the publication of the Pentagon Papers and his assistance in bringing the My Lai massacre to light. Gentler pleasures occupy Obst now, as he and his wife, Jane Gottlieb, enjoy all that Santa Barbara has to offer, including Friday-night picnic concerts on the grounds of the Music Academy’s Miraflores. Find his story about the academy’s president NancyBell Coe here.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

New Scam Involves ‘Ground Stability Testing’

Fake 'land tech' tried to enter a home on the Westside.

Family Sues Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office For Wrongful Death

Five deputies shot Bryan Carreño 20 times.

County Race for Auditor-Controller Turns Ugly

An unexpected bloodbath erupts between Jen Christensen and Betsy Schaffer.

Gun Restraining Order Used 20 Times in Santa Barbara County

Only Los Angeles County used the order more frequently.

Four Westside Candidates Vie for City Council Seat

The election for a District 3 representative will be held on June 5.