CHARLES L. CAMPBELL:
On an April day in 1951, my third day as a messenger at Warner Bros. Studios, I was riding my bicycle like the wind with a load of call sheets in the basket. And as I rounded the old First National cutting rooms I took my first meeting with a major studio executive. I ran over Jack L. Warner on my bicycle. I helped Mr. Warner to his feet, dusted his jacket off, and saw a three-day career flash before my eyes. Mr. Warner said, when he had collected himself, "Son, if you want to stay in this business, stay off the bicycle." Well, I took his advice and here I am.
Ladies and gentleman, members of the Academy, the Board of Governors, I should like to share this great honor with my associates David Pettijohn, Lou Edemann, Rick Franklin, Sam Crutcher, Norman Schwartz, John Roesch, Joan Rowe, Chuck Neely, and of course Ben Burtt. And we should like to salute Steven Spielberg, Kathy Kennedy, and our beloved Carol Littleton. Thank you. Thank you very much.
I'd like to also mention the unique contributions of Pat Welsh in the sounds of "E.T." and about twenty other people and animals which contributed noises: Cathy* and Shawn Summers* for their sick breathing, and various otters and horses and things that we recorded to use in the film. And I'd like to thank Gary Summers, my assistant at Lucasfilm, for his companionship and technical help. Thanks a lot.
[*Name and spelling not confirmed.]