If it’s in the New York Times, it must be true

After all these years in the newspaper business, I have finally broken into the big leagues: My name is in the New York Times.

It’s not a byline, unfortunately. It’s on the NYT’s filmography web site where it says I’m an actor.

Go figure. I never thought of myself an actor although a few folks consider me a character.

Here’s what happened: I appear in a documentary by filmmaker David Brown called “The Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story.” I’m listed as a star of the film along with former Alameda County Supervisor Mary King and Caltrans Director Will Kempton.

At the risk of blatant self-promotion, the film is a fabulous and fun look at the history of the state’s drawn-out and beleaguered efforts to build a new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. If you have a chance to see the film, do it. Or you can buy a DVD, too. (No, I wasn’t paid a dime to appear in the film and I have no royalty claims.)

Oddly enough, the NYT fails to list as stars in this film people who are actually famous such as former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and Bay Area satirist Will Durst.

No offense to Mary King and Will Kempton, of course.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen