Robert Kinkel went to Columbia University on a Physics Fellowship but eventually abandoned his scientific goals for musical ones when he connected with Record Plant, a major production studio based in New York. He told MIT's The Tech
newspaper of his exciting start in the business: "I remember the first day I walked in and Cyndi Lauper was doing her debut album; Joan Jett was down the hall, J. Geils Band was doing 'Freeze-Frame
' upstairs, and Tom Petty walked through. Within six months of being there I was out recording my favorite band, The Who."