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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.



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