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May 28, 2006

Old ads

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James Lileks is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and author of "The Gallery of Regrettable Food." He is one of the Internet's greatest collectors of ephemera. Here is his online collection of old newspaper ads.

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May 25, 2006

Heather Harris

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from the Dede Dalton McMahon collection

There, on the far left - it's that bubbly British redhead, Heather Harris! Did you know that Heather is now a big-time personal and corporate coach? She bounces back and forth between the U.K. and NYC. And there's Dede right next to her. Dede/Heather - do you know who else is shown in this photo? If so, add a comment ...

May 24, 2006

Bradford Briggs

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C/D NY alum Bradford Briggs. I can't remember what Bradford did (besides look good at parties!) As I recall, he was a former West Point cadet.

May 21, 2006

Missing alums

As a result of this week's mass mailing, I've discovered that the following alums have vanished (i.e., their email addresses no longer work.)

Nancy Hill, Marty Weiss, Steven Landsberg, Sarah Ibsen, Jack Ginsberg,and Phil Lanier.

John Upton

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Thank you to Scott Marticke for informing us of the passing of John Upton, who worked on the Nissan account at Chiat/Day Los Angeles for many years. Here was the email Scott received announcing John's death.

Dear Friends,

In case you haven’t heard the horrible news, I am devastated to report a great friend of us all, and the advertising community, has passed away. John Keith Upton died Friday night, 2/3 of a heart attack. He was 55.

A great group of friends his ski team buddies, Kevin Mize, Rick ONeill, Gene Backer and myself were with him for our annual ski trip. This year in Telluride. He died after dinner at 10 p.m. Thankfully, it was immediate he did not realize what he was going through. He was on his way to the rest room downstairs in the restaurant. He had coronary arrest and died even before falling in the landing. Paramedics worked tirelessly to revive him, but to no avail he was gone immediately. Many people already have heard this tragic news. If I have inadvertently left any close friends off this list, please forward. It's difficult, but...he died caring for you all and doing the things he loved most: mountains, friends, wine, fun. We are all sorry we couldn’t enjoy his love and zest for life for many more years. I know all of you to whom I send this loved John as I did. Our blessings and Gods graces to a great person, John Upton.

John
John C. Seibel
VP Director of Brand Initiatives
Colman Brohan Davis

Here is a copy of the invitation to John's memorial, which was held February 25th, and here's a lovely piece by Scott about that memorial.


Ted Nelson

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As I've mentioned before, I'm working on a consulting project in Cambridge, MA. My client needed somebody brilliant to help them with research and branding, so I suggested C/D alum Ted Nelson, who is one of the founders of Mechanica in Newburyport, MA. Here are Ted and I in a meeting at my office last Friday. And no, we did not call each other that morning to coordinate our wardrobe.

As long as I'm playing rainmaker, let me tell you that Allurent, the software company I am consulting for is looking to ramp up its design staff. Many of you have contacts in the realm of interactive design. If so, please alert them to this job opportunity. This is one great company. The founders all came from Art Technology Group, one of the most renowned software companies in Boston.

FLASH DESIGNER

We are seeking a full-time Flash designer / engineer with strong graphics and user interaction design capabilities.

Responsibilities:
* design and develop Flash and AJAX based consumer-facing user interfaces
* produce and present sketches of conceptual design ideas and static graphics deliverables to internal audience as well as clients
* collaborate with developers and use developer-orientated tools to merge design deliverables into product
* work with clients to incorporate brand and feature requirements into the design deliverables

Qualifications:
* minimum of 7yrs of interactive design experience
* minimum of 4yrs of experience in Flash, strong working knowledge of ActionScript
* strong communication and presentation skills
* proven abilities to work efficiently in a start-up environment
* strong typography skills

Preferred:
* experience creating motion graphics
* experience creating e-commerce user experiences

If that sounds like you, please send your resume to careers@allurent.com

Jane Newman's Thorn Tree Project Benefit

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Douglas Atkin, Val Laskos, and Jane Newman

Jay/day cub reporter Adelaide Horton filed this report from the recent benefit for Jane Newman's Thorn Tree school program, hosted by Clodagh Design.

It was a successful evening. Jane gave a very interesting presentation and she was trying to raise $25,000 for a well for the schools.

The current well was dug by hand and because of the draught, it is called a 6 deep well. That means it takes a chain of 6 warriors passing up water to the top. The water is contaminated at night by the baboons and other animals seeking water. It is also 2km from the school!

After 5 years there are more than 700 children in school.

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Graham and Lauren Turner

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Jackie End and Frank Assuma

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Jo Hamilton and friend

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John Fraley and Val Hope

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Matt Hedge and friends

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Val Laskos and Mohammed

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Neilan Tyree and Beth Green

May 20, 2006

Alums found

Thought I'd lost Doug Kim, but he turned up in my mailbox the other day. Doug was a writer at Chiat NY from 1992-1993. He is now working behind this doorbell in New York City.

Also heard from Tom Cordner: "I was at Chiat 1980-1983 and 1984-1986 art director working with Penny Kappousouz and Brent Bouchez."

And last, but certainly not least, is Scott Marticke.

Hey Steve…doing fine-I ran the Nissan Regional account in NY for four years and then became GM of the Atlanta office-decided to stay in Atlanta when the office closed. I’m Director of New Biz for Grey Worldwide Atlanta… Still married to Adele-two kids, Emma 16 and Sam 10 3 dogs and some fish living in Roswell Ga since ’92.

May 10, 2006

Mary Maroun

Former C/D NYer Mary Maroun has been named to head Arnold in New York. (Thanks, Adelaide, for the tip!)

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Mary Maroun Named President of Arnold New York

Was Y&R North America Managing Partner
By Matthew Creamer and Lisa Sanders

Published: May 08, 2006

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Y&R North America Managing Partner Mary Maroun is leaving the WPP Group-owned agency to run Arnold, New York, effective June 5, the Havas agency said in a statement.

Arnold has been searching for a president for its New York operation for a few months, following the appointment of Fran Kelly to president-CEO of Arnold's U.S. operations. He had been overseeing New York operations since the departure of Mary Baglivo to Saatchi & Saatchi in 2004 and splitting his time between New York and Boston, where the agency is headquartered.

Joined Y&R in 2004
Ms. Maroun joined Y&R in July 2004. A veteran of WPP's Grey Worldwide in South Africa, and also Omnicom Group's TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York, where she was president and managing director, Ms. Maroun had run a consulting business, Combustion, as well as a small advertising firm, Love Collective, immediately prior to joining Y&R.

Though Ms. Maroun was Y&R North America's managing partner, as the the agency's needs changed and her superiors shuffled management duties, she focused largely on activities within Y&R's New York office.

Gord McLean, CEO, Y&R North America, said an announcement regarding a successor to Ms. Maroun will be made "imminently."

At Arnold, Ms. Maroun will run an office that has shown some new-business momentum of late, having picked up work from marketers like Hershey Co. and Lee Jeans. The move reunites Ms. Maroun with Chief Creative Officer-Managing Partner John Staffen. The pair had worked together at TBWA.

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May 07, 2006

St. Bart

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If you've noticed an absence of activity on the jay/day website, it's because I've been working on a consulting project in Cambridge and am extremely busy. Just to prove it, take a look at the photo above of me at a recent meeting I attended with my client and my CEO on the island of St. Bart in the Caribbean. I'm telling you, work is a killer.

To see all of the photos of this meeting, click here.