Peter J. Patrick

Peter J. Patrick was born September 16, 1943, the first of nine children of Peter and Margaret Patrick. He always hated his name, which sounded like a nursery rhyme to him, hence the use of his middle initial, which stands for Joseph. He always felt breaking his name up that way made it sound less like Peter Pan or Peter Piper.

A film lover since seeing his first film, the appropriately titled Welcome Stranger, at the age of 4, Mr. Patrick has been viewing films at the rate of five or more per week for most of his life. By the age of 16 he already had his own film awards, called the Patrician Awards, after both his own last name and the indication of refinement that the word implied.

Mr. Patrick's first job was as a newspaper carrier for the Long Island newspaper, Newsday, at the age of 13. By the age of 16, he had his first affiliation with the film industry, albeit a cursory one, when he landed a job as an usher, then a candy attendant at a local theatre. He later took a job as a film editor for an education film company while attending college at night.

Drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War, Mr. Patrick's astigmatism almost got him discharged from boot camp when he failed to hit the target at the rifle range. Re-cycled back four weeks, meaning he was no longer in a training program with his childhood friends, but with a group of younger volunteers, it again looked like he would fail target practice and be shamefully discharged when out of frustration he leaned to the side and hit a bulls-eye. He followed up with two more bulls-eyes, thus securing his position in the Army for a full two years.

Because of his poor vision, Mr. Patrick's orders sending him to Vietnam were revoked and he was instead sent to Germany where he became a company Training Officer during his 16-month stay. By now he had become an adept public speaker, but found that his audience tended to fall asleep during their weekly training programs. If they were going to sleep anyway, he decided it would be more advantageous to just show Army training films during his four-hour classes. To do so, meant a weekly trek up and down Germany's fabled autobahn. These excursions became one of the highlights of his time in Germany as he and his driver would explore new towns and restaurants each week.

After his stint in the Army, Mr. Patrick settled down to a long career as a banker. Having been sent by an employment agency to a prestigious Wall Street brokerage, he was unable to find his way around lower Manhattan and missed his appointment. The agency then sent him to one of the country's largest banks, which was in their view a less optimal choice, but since the bank was at the first stop in Manhattan on the E and F trains, it was a building he would have no trouble finding.

He took the job as a collector of FHA second mortgages to get a foothold in Manhattan, planning to stay just six months until he found something more "suitable", but one promotion led to another and before long Mr. Patrick found himself a manager in charge of recoveries of all charged-off loans for the Lower Manhattan region of the bank. Establishing a program of working with customers rather than treating them like deadbeats, his staff consistently outperformed all other regions of the bank. By the mid-1970s, computers had revolutionized the collection industry as it had other industries, and Mr. Patrick, along with a single programmer, created the first computerized recovery system. This led to his being recruited by a California bank in 1980, where he continued to take on more and more responsibilities until taking early retirement at the end of 2005.

Mr. Patrick's banking career was distinguished by his legendary movements of people. Others would become rich and famous by writing books about managing by change in the 1990s, but Mr. Patrick had been doing exactly that for more than two decades by then. More than one manager over the years was afraid to go on vacation for fear of finding someone else in his place when he returned.

The bank first provided internet access in 1998. With his career now entailing almost-daily lengthy and boring conference calls, Mr. Patrick found he could ease the boredom by surfing the web while listening in and occasionally contributing to the business discussions at hand. Naturally, the first thing he searched for was movie sites, and more importantly, movie awards sites, where he came upon Oscar Guy and his Unofficial Academy Awards Discussion Board.

At first he would make comments using his own name, but when no one paid attention he decided he needed a moniker that would make them sit up and take notice. He thought of Big Kahuna, a name one of his employees had affectionately given him, but decided that was too pretentious. Instead he came up with Big Magilla, which meant absolutely nothing, but he thought the word “big” might command attention. Sure enough, he received immediate response to his first posting under his new nickname.

A member of the Online Film and Television Academy almost since its inception, and a member of the Executive Committee for almost as long, Mr. Patrick is at long last a member of an official awards association as well as the sole generator of the Patrician Awards also known as Oscar Shouldabeens.

Mr. Patrick is delighted to share his knowledge of films and film history in the weekly DVD Report.