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Judd Parkin

Judd Parkin

TV/film executive | Former VP at ABC, NBC | Class of 1974

No ID? No problem getting into Campustown bars in the early ’70s, as Judd Parkin (BA ’74) remembers it. 

Before he’d go on to become a network TV big shot — among his titles: VP for movies/miniseries for ABC and director of miniseries for NBC — Parkin and friends would flock to Treno’s.

“My fellow theater students and I basically lived there when we weren’t in class or rehearsal — that’s where everyone went to get hammered,” he says. “Almost none of the bars carded in those days, so it was pretty easy to get served alcohol just about anywhere, and as theater students, we felt it was our duty to take advantage of this laxity.

“Treno’s also had good burgers and other food, so everyone ate there, too. I guess it was sort of a combination commissary and speakeasy for the arts students at the university in that time period. Dancers and musicians also hung out there.”