Bob Koster was born in Hollywood and worked for 35 years in the movie industry, spanning the time of the studio system to the more recent state of independent filmmaking. Koster’s father was a famous film director, so he was raised in an atmosphere of glamour and drama. But he was also distant enough from it to be able to keep an interesting perspective on the fascinating circus surrounding him. Through his background, Koster has worked with some of the most famous directors and actors of their time. He has also worked in various phases of production but mainly in the production department as an assistant director and a unit production manager. His insights and comments on these films and the characters involved are fascinating, and told as seen through the eyes of a child of the times. He has retired now and teaches media history at Cal State University. Koster is the author of three books on film production and film budgeting, including his most recent Adventures in Hollywood.