July 17, 2003 |
Two summers ago in a San Diego convention hall, Mark Alessi got his ticket punched for Hollywood. After months of pursuit by mail and telephone, the former high-tech wunderkind finally corralled movie producer Michael Uslan in person. "He waited till I was toward a corner, and then he just backed me in," Uslan recalled in an interview. "There was no way for at least the next four minutes that I wasn't going to listen to him."