Christina Gandolfo
September 11, 2020
Me and My Emmy

Me and My Emmy: Robert A. Papazian

For Robert A. Papazian, winning the Emmy was great, but family means everything.

Primetime Emmy Tally: One

How He Got the Gold: For outstanding drama/comedy special in 1988, for producing NBC's TV movie version of Inherit the Wind, about the 1925 trial of Tennessee high school science teacher John T. Scopes for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.

Now for the Noms: Papazian was also nominated in 1984 for outstanding drama/comedy special, as producer of ABC's The Day After, which imagined a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

Sweet Memory: "I've attended the Emmy Awards on several occasions. The night I won, my wife and sons were there, along with several close friends. It was an extremely happy moment to accept the award in front of them and to thank my wife, Sandy, for all her support and guidance."

Stick to It: "I started in the business in 1961 as a page at CBS Television City. What I learned was, if you work endlessly, good things will happen!"

Place of Pride: "Sandy insisted on putting the Emmy on the mantel in our living room. Can't say I disagreed."

After the Fact: "Other than a few fun-filled days of congratulatory calls and messages, I just focused on my company's next film. Over the years, however, it's always nice to hear, 'Papazian is an Emmy-winning producer.'"

Family Matters: "I was raised by a loving mother and father who supported whatever I did. I carried those values over to my own family. Sandy and I have been married for 50 years and raised four boys: Robert Jr., Shawn, Martin and Joseph. Joey is a special needs individual with lots of challenges. His brothers are his best friends and care for him enormously. Experiencing their interaction is my inspiration."

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This article originally appeared in emmy magazine, Issue No. 7, 2020

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