Consummate Movie Fan
It hardly made sense to enter the office Oscar pool if Daniel Bergstein was in it. He was unbeatable. Year after year, he took the money.
Mr. Bergstein, 38, the corporate secretary at the Port Authority, was not just an avid movie fan. He knew just about everything there was to know about movies. Everything. "He was always interested in how the movies were directed, the angles, what kind of close-ups," said his wife, Alicia Bergstein.
Not only did he watch countless movies, buy countless movies, devour countless movie reviews, but he read everything that told him anything about movies.
And he had this uncanny knack for predicting Oscar winners. Not that he got every category correct. Last year, he missed the best picture award, which went to "Gladiator." He picked "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." "He thought that was the perfect movie," his wife said.
Among his all-time favorite films were the Godfather movies. (He felt that "Godfather II" was the best of the lot.) His birthday was coming up. He had sent his wife an e- mail message with an unsubtle hint: "The Godfather DVD set is coming out. That would be a good birthday gift."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 14, 2001.