Art & Entertainment
Over the summer a camera crew was spotted shooting footage of Johnny Mathis (attended '54–'57) in Cox Stadium. The campus scenes will be featured in "Johnny Mathis: Wonderful! Wonderful!," a documentary on Mathis' life and musical career scheduled to air on PBS in December.
was Mathis' literal stomping ground while he was a student track star
at SF State. In 1957, Mathis, then a record-breaking high jumper, was
invited to participate in the U.S. Olympic trials. The invitation came
the same week a Columbia Records exec heard Mathis sing at a San Francisco
club. A telegram was quickly dispatched to Columbia's New York office:
"Have found phenomenal 19-year-old boy who could go all the way!
Send blank contracts." The rest is pop music history.
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