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September 27, 2004

Blue Man Segall


This giggly young man is Jeremy, Ken and Susan Segall's son. (Ken and Sue are both C/D alums.) This photo was taken during the shoot of the new "Blue Man Group" Centrino campaign, which began airing Monday. Ken Segall is the creative head of the Intel account at Euro RSCG Worldwide. I thought that was Ken in the blue goo, but he claims it's not.

Help in Haiti

I am sure many of you remember Guy Pierre Jean, who worked as our maintenance guy at both 79 Fifth and Maiden Lane.

I heard from Guy's daughter that he passed away a couple of years ago. She had found Jay/Day.org and had seen my post asking about him. She said that working with us at CD was a great part of Guy's life. And he was a very important person to many of us as well.

Guy was one of the most elegant men I ever knew. He was all heart and action. When we moved from 79 Fifth, he saw all the half used office supplies that we were going to throw away and asked if he might send it to a school in Haiti (his country of origin). From that time on, we would send a package to Haiti when ever we had a box full of used markers, paper, pencils...anything that might be useful

In Guy's memory, I made a donation for relief efforts in Haiti after the devestating blow to what is already the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

If you'd like to do the same, here are some agencies that are collecting monies to help in Haiti.



Catholic Relief Services

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) - USA

September 24, 2004

Annette McConnell and Scott Sanford


I got the following email from Annette McConnell a while back, and I just love this story because it's about me!

I am married to another C/D alum, Scott Sanford, who was a media planner in Bob Zach’s org from 89-91. We are living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am still in the agency world at a small tech shop called Doremus and Scott is now marketing director at a company called Tickle.com. We have a little boy named Miles. I’ve attached a recent picture.

Now for the amusing anecdote:
Shortly after we started dating, Scott left C/D to work at Messner (with Tom Szczepanski and Fiona Bremner). At that time, Chiat primarily used email internally, so he had the Messner IT guy set us up so we could email each other. One day, after a mushy email note, my phone rang. It was you, Steve Alburty, HEAD OF IT, saying in a very authoritative voice: “are you in love with Scott Sanford or something?!?!?” As my face turned red, I said “why?” and you answered “because every time you two send an email, you crash our whole system!!!!” Needless to say I was completely embarrassed and curtailed the email love notes.

I am horrified that I stood in the way of true love! Thank heaven they managed to overcome this electronic obstacle!

September 23, 2004

Jim Reedy sighting


Adelaide Horton and I were in Chinatown in NY yesterday, hunting for dumplings, when who should we run into but the Nicest Human Being on the Face of the Earth, Jim Reedy. Jim and his wife, Astrid, have two children now (do a search on this website for "Reedy" and you will see those postings.) Jim is now a VP at Citibank, developing industrial-strength financial applications.

September 20, 2004

Laurie Coots


I got to have coffee the other day with the fabulous Laurie Coots, a woman who spends as much time on an airplane as a pilot. She is the Worldwide Marketing Director for TBWA Chiat/Day. She travels the globe, spreading the gospel to the various offices around the world. Her son, Christopher, recently graduated from film school and is angling for a job with Goldie Hawn's new production company. He wants to be a screenwriter and, if he even has half of the energy and determination his mother has, we'll see him onstage someday thanking the Academy.

Lee Clow was here


Imagine my surprise today, while carrying home a bag of groceries from Whole Foods, to suddenly see Lee Clow's name on top of an electric billboard at the subway entrance of 7th Avenue and 23rd.

I took a snapshot with my lousy cameraphone. The sign reads "Lee Clow was here." Another said "Rick Boyko was here." And another said "Sal DeVito was here." I was so surprised, I forgot to look to see who the sponsor of the ad was. It looked like a cause. If anyone knows what this about, email me.

September 18, 2004

More losts and founds

Lisa Shelnitz, who lives in Chicago, has just bought a house!

Here are two alums who turned up in my mailbox: Bruce Rowley, Nissan National Account Group, Chiat/Day LA – 1995-1997 and Caroline Rudnick, Nissan National Account Group, Chiat/Day LA – 1993-1997

Phillip Lanier worked in the L.A. office when it was downtown.

Jenny White who writes: "I worked at Chiat/Day from 1987 – 88 for Ann Lapham. What an amazing ride that was for a young college grad. My name is Jenny Joseph now."

Scott Lukas, whose consulting practice, Dosage, has moved into new digs in Hanover Square.

Celine Hubler! She and her husband have bought a country house and hope to one day open a café. They bought a building that was about 150 years old.

Neilan Tyree is now living in New Orleans. (Or at least he was before the hurricane.)

Frank Dahill turned in Amy Ward, Annette McConnell, and Monica (Bahner) Burnick

Mick McCabe who is now at Leo Burnett in Chicago.

Colin Hagen, whose email ended with the words MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - I LIVE FOR THIS!

But mail to the following alums are bouncing back as undeliverable, so if you know their new email address, please send it to me: Brent Bouchez, Tom Szczepanski, and Steven Landsberg,

September 14, 2004

From Diversity News

THE ENVELOPE PLEASE: The American Advertising Federation, based in Washington, recently named the winners of its annual Mosaic Awards, designed to honor companies breaking ground in marketing to people of color and working toward diversity in the advertising industry.

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As reported in the New York Times, the Vidal Partnership, New York, was honored for best multicultural media usage. The client was Mastercard. In the multicultural campaign category, those cited include Anderson DDB, Toronto, Johnson & Johnson's Procrit; Kang & Lee, New York, Allstate Insurance; Accentmarketing, Coral Gables, Fla., Campbell-Ewald, Warren, Mich., and GlobalHue, Southfield, Mich., the United States Navy; Grey Worldwide, New York, and Carol H. Williams Advertising, Oakland, Calif., Procter & Gamble's Pantene. Winners in other categories included the Cox Media division of the Cox Corporation, DaimlerChrysler and the Screen Actors Guild. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the New York Athletic Club on Sept. 22.

The awards are nice, certainly, and we appreciate the demonstration of good sense shown by companies that understand the value of marketing to people of color. Still, it bears mentioning that the advertising industry has a historically lousy track record of hiring and promoting people of color. Hiring practices are under scrutiny in New York City now -- home of the legendary Madison Avenue -- as the American Association of Advertising Agencies seeks negotiate with the New York City Human Rights Commission over hiring practices at city ad agencies in the city. Meanwhile, agencies owned by people of color are seldom tapped to create general-market campaigns that would have a multicultural appeal. That's the category we are waiting to see.

September 13, 2004

Terror, inc.

"As nihilistic as it may be, al-Qaeda, from a business point of view, is a major success: three years after September 11, it is a global brand."

Read this fascinating article from Asia Times.

Vote Be Gone!


... this!

September 09, 2004

Visitor from Down Under


Doug and Helen Watson stopped in North Carolina to visit while travelling around the world.

After selling his agency and deciding to take a sabbatical, Doug Watson with his lovely wife Helen started travelling. They started in Hawaii, then to Alaska, Seattle, Portland, San Franciso and then North Carolina? Who could pass up NC barbeque? In their honor, John and I hosted a party with all NC fixin's--shrimp, bbq, fried chicken, etc. Eve came up from Charlotte. And about 30 NC natives gave Helen and Doug a lesson in Southern.

Leaving NC, Doug and Helen went on to the more tasteful environs of France. Smart folks.

September 08, 2004

Personal Pollution


What's in your bloodstream?


September 01, 2004

Declare yourself!


Declare yourself here!