In 1960 the author, a hotshot documentary filmmaker, found himself in the office of John Secondari, impatiently waiting for a meeting with the executive producer of ABC's "Close-Up." After 45 minutes he announced he couldn't stay any longer and rushed out onto the New York sidewalks. It took him about three blocks to realize he was making a huge mistake, so he returned and said he'd be happy to wait a bit longer.
Secondari ended up hiring him, and a year later Webster was nominated for an Emmy for his work on "Close-Up." Bat caves in Guatemala, the cobblestones of Paris, afghan deserts, grim Auschwitz, the Himalayas and many other locations were the backdrops for Webster's films. In his career, he met many of the best-known people of the 1960s and 1970s - John F. Kennedy, Orson Welles, Pope John XXIII, Elizabeth Taylor - and won many awards, including seven Emmy nominations and a first prize at the Berlin International Television Film Festival, and two International Press Awards.