Here I am, watching the Oscars, and a star alum has just shown up in my email ...
I started at Chiat Day as the account group secretary for Pioneer Electronics in 1977 - then became the "creative secretary" (that always sounded so erotic to tell people at the time) under Lee and Dave, eventually working as Jay's assistant the last few years of my tenure. I left in 1984, had a baby, "retired" for ten years and am now director of Donor Services for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Ironically, it still has the same "sell" feel as advertising - getting people to believe in your product.
I live in LA now with my husband & our 23 year old son. I not only changed my last name when I got married from Winkler to Silbert but a few years ago changed my first name as well to Bria (no, this is NOT an LA thing...)
I'm sure that everyone has a favorite "Jay memory." Here's mine:
When we got the Home Savings account, C/D ran an ad in the L.A.
Times. Jay came into the office excitedly and asked if I saw the ad. Triumphantly, I answered, "Not only did I see, the ad, but I cut it out for you."
To which he barked, "Well, F***ing cut it back in."