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March 29, 2006

My, that's a big billboard you have there.


The logo is tiny, but the message is certainly not.

(The client is Viagra.)

March 28, 2006

Russell Wager

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The Wagers, Russell and Dawn

A jay/day howdy to an alum who found our happy little website, Russell Wager.

I started in the Dallas office from 90-94, then moved to the Venice office from 94-96, then moved to the DC office from 96-97, then back to the Venice/Playa office from 98-03. All the time working on either Nissan or Infiniti on the account side.

March 22, 2006

Errol Morris


Errol Morris is one of this country's finest docmentarians. (C/D alum Frank Scherma was one of the executive producers of last year's "The Fog of War.") But Morris pays the bills by doing commercials and here's a great collection of his work in advertising.

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March 20, 2006

Save Like Never Before


Last week, I noticed an ad at the top of this page for an ad agency in North Carolina that specializes in advertising TO churchgoers on behalf OFchurches. (Remember, I don't select these ads on the top of the site, Google chooses them.) This isn't just marketing to Christians. This is advertising intended to increase church attendance.

Anyway, the thought of an agency for churches struck me as ... odd.


March 19, 2006

Andrew Moldovan


Please give a digital round of applause to newly-found alum, Andrew Moldovan.
(SFX: "Rahhh!)

I was a little Assistant Media Planner in the New York office and was around pre-virtual to move to LA and the virtual office as a Media Planner. Since C/D. I have lived in San Francisco and now back in New York where I have been living or the last 10 years. Working with some amazing people since C/D and still searching for the next Chiat Day, but am quickly learning that will never happen because it was such a special place and so are the people. I am attaching a photo with me and a friend of mine that should get a laugh or two.

March 15, 2006

Bob Wolf


An article from the Southern California Business Journal in 1989 about Bob Wolf.


March 14, 2006

Job Opening for Senior Account Planner

An executive recruiter contacted me to see if I might know of any Senior Account Planners who might be interested in a job in Durham, NC, woring on Sony.

I offered to post the job information here.

March 12, 2006

Andrew Greenberg


A jay/day howdy to alum Andrew Greenberg, a planner from the San Francisco office, who has turned up running his very own brand marketing agency.

Thanks to Gene Crocker for reporting his whereabouts.


Gone missing

Every time I send out a mass mailing, some emails bounce back, meaning that the email address I have for one of our alums no longer works.

Jack Ginsberg and Phil Latcholia have vanished.

Diversity in Ad Agencies

Diversity in advertising was one of Jay's personal causes. And Bonnie Lunt has been fighting this battle for years. Here we are in 2006 and it is STILL being talked about, only this time, it's getting serious. Ad Age reports ...


NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Madison Avenue’s white management ranks are about to be exposed in public hearings on ad agencies’ minority-hiring practices that could drag industry stars such as Andrew Robertson, Kevin Roberts and Shelly Lazarus -- and their clients -- into an unflattering spotlight.

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March 09, 2006

Christmas Bike

from the Dede Dalton McMahon collection

The red Huffy bike Jay gave all of us one Christmas.

March 08, 2006

Christmas invitation


The cover illustration for an invitation to one of Chiat/Day New York's Christmas parties.

The Virtual Office


Gee, this Fortune Magazine article suggests that the mobile office might not be such a bad idea after all.


Lee Clow


Surfer dude and creative genius, Lee Clow, from an article in the Los Angeles Times Magazine long ago.

March 07, 2006

Moleskin diary


I am addicted to Moleskine notebooks, as are many others. There are whole blogs out there devoted to their joy. Rumor has it that Hemingway and Van Gogh used them. The journalist Bruce Chatwin would buy them by the case before he set off on his trips.

Here's a woman in Germany who has created a wonderful little slide show of her Moleskine diaries.


March 06, 2006

Stickin' it from the man


Some yellow stickies from Jay to Dede.

My buddy, Phil, wins Oscar for Best Actor


Let me take this opportunity to congratulate my dear friend, Philip Seymour Hoffman (or "Phil," as I get to call him), for his Best Actor Oscar win. Yes, Phil and I worked on a play together here in New York two years ago. (Oddly enough, I ran into Phil at a theatre benefit about a year ago and the silly nut pretended like he only sort of remembered me. That Phil! Always the crack up!)

I will direct you to this entry on the website from June, 2003, on how I came to know Phil ....


March 05, 2006

Leader of the Decade

from the Dede Dalton McMahon collection

The Western Association of Advertising Agencies held a banquet in Jay's honor in 1990, at which he was named Leader of the Decade. Adweek Magazine ran a full-page of photos showing all of the happy guests.

The lovely lady on the left in this one shot above is Yvonne Smith, the art director who taught me everything I know about print production. (Remember that before I became head of technology, I was also head of print production. Yvonne - how many letterpress proofs did we go through on that Thai Airways ad? 17? 18?) And there's Lee and his wife, Ilene.

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March 02, 2006

Chiat/Day Virtual Office


Somebody was asking me what the Chiat/Day New York virtual office looked like, which inspired me to scan in these photos from a magazine article that appeared at the time.










Chiat/Day Buys Regis-McKenna


This is such a hoot! There's a podcast out there called "This Day in Apple History. Listen to the episode for Feb. 21 and travel back to 1981, when Chiat/Day bought Regis-McKenna. Find out how, even in 1981, "Chiat\Day and Apple cuddle more closely than a mother and a six-month-old breastfeeding baby."


(If you don't have an mp3 player installed on your computer, you can read the text version here.)