Keven McAlester Nominated for an Oscar

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Once upon a time, there was a thing called The Met. In the mid-’90s, its ramshackle office, filled with secondhand furniture and outdated computers, was perched above a bar called the Green Elephant. The weekly’s music editor was a guy called Keven McAlester. Here’s how he was hired. Real piece of work, that McAlester. We called him Archie because Archibald was his real first name (Keven was his middle) and because he was smarter than all the rest of us and we needed a way to take him down a notch or two. Keven did not own shorts. He wore corduroy pants every day, even in the summer. That didn’t stop him from cutting a swath through the mostly female sales department. The other thing he pursued with great fervor was video games, first Maelstrom, then Snood. Especially Snood. Keven was the undisputed office champion of Snood. I’m not sure how much money I lost to him playing that game when we should have been doing our jobs.

All that is background so that you might possibly understand how amazed and delighted I was this morning when I learned that Keven has been nominated for an Academy Award for a documentary he co-wrote and co-produced. A huge congratulations goes out to him. And so does the photo below, taken when the entire Met staff underwent makeovers for some misguided fashion thing we published.

As you might imagine, Keven’s phone is rather busy right now. Via text, he says, “I’m thrilled and honored, and can’t thank Rory [director and co-producer] and the folks at American Experience enough for the opportunity to work on this.” In an email conversation with a couple other Met alumni, he said he plans to play Snood for the rest of the day.

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Comments

  • RAB

    Unclear. Did the swath-cutting include the male members of the sales staff, too?

    (Congrats to Archie. Hope he deigns to make it to the 21st anniversary party.)

  • The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley

    I remember The Met. I used to deliver it to pay for my kids’ braces.

  • joefreelance

    Tim, your memory is failing you. Keven wore shorts all the time. Like, far too often.

    • Eric Celeste

      Like, every day. With a light blue button-down. Every. Damn. Day. Rogers, what is wrong with you? You’re entering, like Oscar-winning role dementia levels.

    • Eric Celeste

      *add comma after “like”

  • Eric Williamson

    Same Kevin from the Adventure Club?

  • Mark

    Breaking radio silence (second time in, like, six weeks–gotta stop this) to say how much I miss The Met to this day. Still have some hate in my heart for the DO as a result of the Met-icide.

  • Eric Williamson

    That was an awesome radio show. I just to tape it on cassette Sunday night and listen to it in my car over the course of the week…