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November 30, 2004

Gery Garcia


And another alum has found himself: Gery Garcia! He writes ...

Keisha Lea (also a former Chiat/Day alum) told me about your website. We both work at Avrett Free & Ginsberg in NYC.

It's been a long time since I thought of my tenure at Chiat/Day. I worked on the Nissan and Infiniti team in the media department I believe in 1994. I was one of the first new hires into the virtual office since I interviewed on the Fifth Ave office and started working on Maiden Lane. I loved working there since it was so cutting edge at the time. It was a challenge to adapt to that environment. The people were also very nice and supportive. Looking into your website, I saw pictures of Eve Luppert. She was one of the last people I spoke to at Maiden Lane before I left, giving me advice and telling me if I needed help putting a portfolio together that I was welcomed to come back to Chiat to use the computers and color copiers. She was soo sweet! If you keep in touch with her, tell her I said hello (hope she remembers me!!)

[After the merger with TBWA] I went back to school at Pratt Institute and became a Graphic Designer/Art Director. I've been at Avrett on and off since 1997 doing brief stints at Mcann and The Tucker Partnership in between.

I went back to visit Chiat/Day on Maiden Lane only once, about a year after I left and barely recognized anyone I knew. The turnover was significant and I felt sad that there were so few faces I recognized.

Keisha is one of the first people I have worked with from Chiat that I have reunited with, but I hope it's not the last! I am amazed she is the only one so far!

Well, I have to go back to work. I love the website! It's bringing back a few good memories!!!

Chris Tallman

I got the following email from Chris Tallman ...

I got married during my short tenure (C/D class of 1994-1995) at Chiat and I am still married to the same wonderful woman, Elizabeth. We've had two children Daniel(6) and Catherine(3) and we live a pleasant valley Sunday here in status symbol land.

I have asked Chris to send a picture, but so far he's holding out on me ...

November 29, 2004

Margaret Pickford

The emails keep pouring in. This one from downunder ...

Hello Steve,

I wonder if you remember me? I worked at Chiat/Day in New York only briefly (unfortunately) In 1982 - for about six months. I am a friend of Lisa and Michael Kooper - Margaret, from Australia. At that time I was briefly a receptionist then moved into accounts with Edith (this was not my forte!). Unfortunately I could not get a work visa, so had to leave.

I have worked in many places in several countries and still regard my time with Jay and you guys at CD in 82` as the most extraordinary experience. I also felt privileged because at CD anything seemed possible.

And Jay oversaw it all in his enigmatic style. So I was devastated to learn of his untimely death.

Thank you for such a wonderful homage to him.

I now live in Canberra, Australia and am a Nurse Therapist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I have a five year old daughter, a cat, dog, house and garden. And marvellous health!

Hope all is well with you.

Very Best wishes

Margaret Pickford

Frank Scherma


I was watching the excellent documentary "Fog of War" and as the credits scrolled by, I saw "Executive Producer ... Frank Scherma." I thought, that can't be OUR Frank Scherma. But by golly, it is. Adelaide also wrote to me a few days after seeing the documentary and sent me this link to Frank's bio.


November 27, 2004

Lee Clow was here


Rob Jackson at Jager Group sent me the photo above, as well as this note ...

So I came upon your weblog in a web search. I created the 'was here' Ad week campaign for the OAAA. I am also a admirer of the Chiat legacy. Here is another picture of a location near Broadway. We hope to continue the campaign in other cities.

Thanks, Rob!

Dr. Seuss


Once upon a time, there was a young advertising illustrator by the name of Theodor Seuss Geisel. He would later, of course, find fame as Dr. Seuss. Here, from the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of San Diego, is a collection of some early commercial work by the creator of the Cat in the Hat.


November 19, 2004

Sorry Everybody


Feeling a little post-election apologetic to the rest of the world? Here's the place to beg for forgiveness. On the website's main page, click on Gallery, then click on the individual numbers (i.e., "25", "26", etc.) You'll get the idea.


Francine Zaslow


I am constantly astonished by the beauty and imagination of the online creative portfolios I run across on the Internet. Here is the work of Francine Zaslow, a photographer in Boston. The photos and their presentation are stunning. (The music could use some help.)


November 18, 2004



I'm not quite sure who (or what) Saltburn is or does. It appears to be a really brilliant creative team who creates short films for the web.

My favorite: Herbert Wiggins, the cow whisperer


November 15, 2004

Pringles prints


Pringles Prints are made using a technology where words and images can be printed on one side of the crisp. The technology uses food coloring and doesn’t alter the taste of the crisp itself, which is good because they couldn't afford to taste worse than regular Pringles.

November 14, 2004

Gondola! Gondola!


Yes, I have returned from a 24-day grand tour of Italy. Thank you, Adelaide, for holding down the e-fort while I was gone.

This is a photo of me steering a boat on the Venetian lagoon. And the big lesson I learned on my trip? If the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore!

If you'd like to see more vacation photos, click here.

November 12, 2004

He's Backkkkkk


Steve is back from his trip to Venice. It is time to post some comments about what a bad job I did and you are so glad he is back!

November 03, 2004

Art Directors Hall of Fame

Jay will be honored next week by induction into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.

For more information, check out the link below