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July 28, 2004


It's easy to forget that after Jay sold Chiat/Day, he went off to work at ScreamingMedia, a content aggregator, where he inspired and yelled at a whole new crop of employees. I just received this nice note from Markus Patel, who worked with Jay there.

I just wanted to let you know that your site is great and I am very happy that there is a place where friends of Jay can share their memories of him. I didn't work at Chiat/Day, but had the great pleasure of working with Jay at ScreamingMedia in 2000. It was truly one of the highlights of my career to trade jokes with him and to learn from his unique talent and brilliance. He actually inspired me to make the move to advertising with McCann-Erickson and then Ogilvy. Hopefully I will get a chance to work at Chiat/Day as well.

Markus M. Patel
mOne - WPP Company

Hollywood beckons!

Stacy Osugi who is VP of Creative at New Line Cinema writes ...

As the summer winds down, I find our department in need of continuing part-time interns ...

I'm at NEW LINE CINEMA in marketing (creative advertising, but the dept also has publicity, promotions, web/online, and media). We were completely booked for summer interns but nearly all are moving on. I also head up the Academy Awards campaign, and this year's is just about to start-- last year I had 3 interns from Sept - April, each doing 2 days a week. That was for THE LORD OF THE RINGS; I doubt it will be as busy this year, but I'm still looking for a few good kids.

NLC requires enrollment at some kind of accredited college/university or junior college. It offers credit only (no salary, sorry). Interns get first look at entry-level jobs as they come up, and if they're still interested when next summer rolls around, they can apply to intern in other departments (development, post-production, etc.).

Please post a notice or direct email to any potential candidates in the Los Angeles area.

THANKS! xoxo -s


Word Count


Word Count ranks the 86,800 most frequently used English words in order of commonality. I, for one, was disheartened, but only slightly surprised, to discover that the word "yeah," which comes in 115, is way ahead of the actual word "word," which lags at number 487.

"God" is at 376, just one rank below the word "began" at 375, which strikes me as rather impudent. I mean, if you began the whole concept of began, you'd think you'd get more mention.

Speaking of which, "egg" (3,622) comes before "chicken" (4162). What a relief to have that one finally sorted out.

The word "like" is like, you know, a champ, coming in at like 67 or something.

The word "Steve" comes in at a paltry 2,316. Obviously, ny name needs to hire a press (749) agent (2327).

Of all 86,800 words tracked, what is the most infrequently used word? See if you can find out.


July 26, 2004

How do they do that?


A fascinating look behind the scenes at the technology at work in the Tour de France.


July 25, 2004

We always knew Denzil was a pinhead


From Denzil Meyers ...

Just one more chance to share the news that a play that I wrote and am co-directing is playing in San Francisco July to mid-August. Check out the very lovely review in the SF Chronicle (see the Pink Section, for you locals)

There's also a nice demi-review in the free SF Weekly.

The show is called FUN: THE CONCEPT, and if you are a Zippy comic strip fan, its sure to please. Even the Zippy creator, Bill Griffith, likes the script. For more info about the strip & Bill Griffith, check this out.

July 22, 2004

Fonts galore


A fontographer's paradise: the website, My Fonts. Over 23,000 fonts from just about every known foundry (many just one person shops.) Ever wanted to have a font just like the one used by certain publications, corporations, or ad campaigns? Well now you can, using the WhatTheFont font recognition system. Upload a scanned image of the font and My Fonts show you the closest matches in their database!


July 19, 2004

Downloading for Democracy


The Internet is proving to be a powerful force in this year's presidential election. It's not only a superb organizational and fund-raising tool, it's letting ordinary citizens have a powerful, worldwide voice by disseminating (and, in some cases, exposing) information that can affect how millions vote. Case in point:

Thad Anderson, a second-year student at St. John's School of Law in Queens, New York, has launched a website that makes hundreds of government documents available for "sharing," just as Kazaa allows users to swap mp3 files. According to this article in Wired ...

The documents include such items as recent torture memos related to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, a Senate Intelligence Committee report on what the government knew before it invaded Iraq and a document showing how the Bush administration suppressed information about the full cost of its Medicare plan until after Congress passed the plan.


July 15, 2004

Lost and Found

Please take a moment to look over the Lost and Found list. If you have email addresses for any of the people who are on the "lost" list, please have them get in touch with me so I can add them. And if you know of someone whose name is not on the list at all, please have them get in touch with me as well. It doesn't mean I don't love them, it just means that I can't remember the name of every person who ever worked at Chiat/Day! (Where's Nancy Reagan when you need her?)

Jonathan Lee

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I keep in my brain at all times a small list of alums I hope will one day turn up. At the very top of that list? Jonathan Lee. I am SOOOO pleased to announced that Jonathan popped up in my mailbox this morning. And he has been very, very busy since leaving Chiat/Day, as the photos (above) and the explanation from Jonathan (below) will attest:

Found out about your site when I met Liz Haberman at Cara Sullivan's wedding. (mini chiat NY circa 1995 reunion) Since I left Chiat, I have bounced around a bit, but am back in NYC and working as a brand consultant.

Also for those that may care I have gotten married, and now have three kids (all girls, 5, 3 and 4 months). In order here you have Rebecca sharing her favorite book with Elizabeth who was about a month old. Rebecca the superstar. Elizabeth at about 1 month. All three on the day Elizabeth came home. Finally Alice and Elizabeth sharing a laugh.

I have to say seeing Liz recently and then checking out the site brought back so many memories for me. I feel very bad as I lost touch with so many people who were so good to me when my first wife died. I will always owe a debt to everyone in the NY office at the time who gave me the space and time to recover, and were such good friends to me, only for me to run away to Boston. I guess I had to escape to rebuild. Anyway, construction is now complete. Happily married with three kids living in Brooklyn. Enough said. So please pass this on.

Welcome back, Jonathan. You've just given me yet another reason to be glad I started this website.

Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About


From the United Nation. The title pretty much says it all.


July 13, 2004



After last year's blackout, it dawned on me that New York City has actually faced five major crises in the last three years: 9/11, the anthrax scare, the Presidents Day blizzard of ’03, the blackout, and, of course, the marriage of Liza Minnelli and David Gest.

My apartment building had absolutely no plan for how to respond in an emergency. During the blackout, neither the staff or the super or the coop board members had the slightest clue about what to do. So I decided that somebody should draw a plan up and implement it. That person turned out to be me.

So here's my jayday "good deed" for the year. I organized my coop's Building Emergency Preparedness Program. (Yes, that acronymn is "BERP!)

I live in a 17-story, 217 unit coop/rental building in Chelsea.

In the blackout of August 2003, most of the residents scurried up the dark stairwells with their hastily purchased emergency supplies, locked their doors, and waited for the crisis to pass.

Unfortunately, we had many senior citizens and people with disabilities in the building who could barely walk, let alone scurry, so most of them remained in their apartments without access to supplies or information. One woman in her eighties gave her last liquid (which was actually fruit juice) to her dog. Some elderly or frightened residents were trapped in the lobby as the stairwell lighting quickly failed and they could not reach the upper floors.

A neighbor and I simultaneously cracked open our doors and ventured out into the darkened hallway. We have lived across the hall from each other for TWENTY YEARS and had never said anything to each other except “mumble mumble, hello, mumble” at the elevator. I said “This seems like an opportune moment to introduce myself. I’m Steve.”

“Hi, I’m Virginia,” she said. Quick handshakes were exchanged. “I was about to go down to the lobby to see if I could help.”

I said, “That’s what I was going to do, too. Let’s do it together!” And down we went, eight stories, to the lobby to see what needed to be done.

The doorman on duty was totally overwhelmed. Virginia and I and several other residents hiked up and down the stairwells, ferrying medications, knocking on doors – even finding a first floor bathroom for an old lady with Crohn’s disease. (Trust me, you don’t even want to KNOW about this part!)

After the crisis had passed, it suddenly dawned on me: New York City has had FIVE major crises in the last three years: 9/11, the anthrax scare, the Presidents Day blizzard of ’03, the blackout, and, of course, the marriage of Liza Minnelli and David Gest. It occurred to me that “catastrophes” had become a little too frequent for comfort and somebody in our building needed to organize a safety program. So I decided to start one.

No group can exist without an acronym. I wanted one that wasn’t too scary. So I called it the Building Emergency Response Program, or “BERP,” for short. I even adapted a pilfered logo off the web and adapted it as a suitably fun, squishy symbol for our merry band of berpers.

As I said earlier, we’ve purchased safety supplies for the doormen, distributed safety leaflets to every apartment, enlisted floor captains, invited residents to provide information on how to contact their loved ones or doctors in case of emergency, and even sold pre-assembled “go bags” with emergency supplies.

I’m sure there are many commercial buildings with safety programs like this, but I doubt that any residential building has done so, because management doesn’t want to put in the effort or doesn’t want to assume the liability. So I’ve taken matters into my own volunteer hands.

Stay safe, berp frequently!


The Senate

I've had great fun this morning calling various members of the U.S. Senate. My message? "I'd like to thank you all for setting aside your work on the war on terrorism, the war in Iraq, the CIA failures, the economy, health care, the budget deficit, etc. and focusing on the REALLY important issue facing this country: gay marriage."

HELLO?!?! Can we grow up here and stop throwing political chum into the waters to deflect votors' attention away from the real troubles in this world?

The conservative Family Research Council has identified the following Senators as the high-profile fence sitters. Pick one at random, give them a call, and let them know how you feel.

July 12, 2004



One of the guiding principles of the jayday website is that we should be constantly challenging our own comfort levels. Take music, for example. When's the last time you opened your ears to a completely different genre?

Garageband is a website in which independent bands (those not currently signed by a label) can post their music and let the community of the website self-select tomorrow's great artists.


Alisa Cohen

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Today's "Alum Who Came in from the Cold" is Alissa Cohen, who writes ..

Okay, enough with being a voyeur... Hello everyone! I was in the Broadcast Production department from 1987-1992. I'm been a freelance producer since I left Chiat/Day. The time that I spent at the agency was truly an exceptional and exciting time that shaped my career, friends and associations. But I have to say that the birth of my son, Vahn Kessler, last August was the greatest project that I've ever produced!

July 11, 2004

Antigone STILL Rising!


Leslie Atkinson sent me an email the other day about two C/D alums who are doing mighty well for themselves in the music world. Says Leslie ...

I wanted to send the attached picture to give everyone an update on the band, Antigone Rising. The band just opened for Aerosmith last week at the PNC Arts Center in NJ! Lead and rhythm guitarists Cathy and Kristen Henderson are C/D alums, and are the two next to Steven Tyler. AR is also featured in a two-page ad spread for Ford Mustang in the July issue of Elle magazine. Alums can learn more at www.antigonerising.com Check it out...their story is inspiring.

To see last year's original posting about Antigone Rising, click here.

More alums found!

They're comin' out of the woodworks, folks.

Darren Brandt, who worked at Chiat/Day from 92-94 and is now at Sloane Public Relations.

Drew Weir, who worked at Chiat/ Day from 1993 to 1998

John Zissimos, who always got my vote for The Name Most Fun To Say!

Brynn Ray also popped up in my inbox about a week ago.

Dina Cusati, C/D LA '85-91 (Media), who is now known as Dina Pontello. She reports ...

What a blast it's been to run my brain through the blender of this site! It's shaking such fond memories. Media's dwindled for me, but I still manage to freelance a few plans a year.

I started at the Biltmore, summer of '85, and left the binoculars summer of '91 to marry a Canadian I'd met through the Quaker State Minit-Lube account. He was a franchise owner in Toronto, and we met at a QS convention in Vegas. (Zach R. was with me the night I met my husband.) Long story short, we have 2 sons 10 & 8 and live in Tampa.

And finally, Gail Nagy Marner, who writes ...

I worked at Chiat/Day from about 1998-1990 (I think!). I worked in the NY office right out of college. I started as an Account Assistant for National Car Rental with Roxanne Takara. But eventually, I made my way onto the American Express Gold Card account as an Assitant AE working with Patty Reis and Lance Podell. Mostly I managed the Gold Card Events program. I worked and formed friendships with so many people. I even visited Rosann Calisi once in San Francisco but haven't kept in touch - I'd love to e-mail her.

I have such fond memories of my time at Chiat/Day. I often think about the reasons it was such an influential place. So many smart and creative people - I haven't worked with such a talented group of people since (well, except for my three little boys!). But when I look at the notes on the website, I see I'm not alone in my feelings. That time at Chiat/Day was like no other.

Thanks for the effort to reconnect everyone. I look forward to hearing from people.

- Gail

July 08, 2004

Language Map


Ever have one of those days when you wake up and think, "Gee, I feel like speaking Hindi. I wonder where I could go in the U.S. to find the greatest concentration of Hindi-speakers? The Modern Language Map knows. This website provides a fascinating glimpse into language demographics.


July 05, 2004

Pull the plug


The Design Center of Toyoma in Japan says "the movement to reconsider the relationships between product, environment, and people has spread throughout the world. The Universal Design, which is getting more familiar lately, is typical word originated from the same movement."

I'm not quite sure that translation is lucid, but the winner of their design competition certainly is: a circular electrical cord.