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still smiling For decades, Robert Godwin photographed the social scene for West Austin News. Here’s why he’s not ready to move on. by Robert Godwin, photo by Joel Salcido When I started as a rookie photojournalist at the Austin Citizen newspaper, my sights were set on the ultimate achievement, the Pulitzer Prize. Fires, floods, sports and human interest photos were the path to that goal. In fact, my duties also included the social beat, with its seemingly endless parties. “Party pics” weren’t going to bring me to the attention of the Pulitzer committee. 26

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Carolyn Bengtson cast a new light on the party scene, and eventually became my mentor. Carolyn was already “Old Austin” and was one of the first lifestyle editors at the Austin AmericanStatesman. Now at the Citizen, she turned a deaf ear to my complaints and showed me what the social scene really meant.

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