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August 21, 2008

More alums turn themselves in

Bob Grossman (LA Office circa 1990-1997) and Eric Sommerby (1987).

Bad Microsoft Commercials

Jerry Seinfeld has inked a deal to do commercials for Windows Vista. He may want to rethink that decision, once he views these Windows commercials from the past. (It's hard to tell if they're real or they've been faked, but either way, they have a feeling of "truthiness.")

You can see lots more here.

August 15, 2008

Autumnal Tints


One of the nice things about editing a blog is you can post whatever you darn well want.

Remember how Jay was always urging us to support new artists? Well, two neighbors of mine up in the Catskills where I have my summer home, a young couple with two small children, have gone into the audiobook business. They have self-produced two titles already.

Dear family, friends and colleagues,

This time we have produced a one-CD package of Henry David Thoreau's classic nature essay, Autumnal Tints. It's perfect for leaf-peeping in the upcoming season, though we hesitate to think about autumn too soon (we only get about 2 months of warm weather here in the Catskills!). We think it has a similar feel to the Beston audiobook we published last year, and we're proud to report that it has already been chosen as a 2008 Editors' Pick by Library Journal magazine.

If you have a moment and want to check out our website (thank you, Joe), see the handsome cover art (thank you, Mick), and hear an audio clip, visit silverhollowaudio.com. And, of course, if you're interested in hearing the whole thing, they're available on our site, as well as through Amazon, B&N.com, or by special order from your local indie bookseller. For the technologically-minded, a downloadable edition is now available through our site, too.

Happy Rest-of-Summer!

-Rebecca & Brett Barry

August 14, 2008

Rod Rhodes



August 13, 2008

What Rick Boyko did on on Jayday (June 21st)


He walked his daughter, Mary, down the aisle at her wedding.

If you'd like to see all of the photographs, click here.

Paul Decker

Got a great email today from Chiat/Day Employee #2, Paul Decker:

Stevan, RE: Lost and found C/D alums

Confirming his C/D hiring memory, I walked in the door after Chuck Phillips as the second new C/D employee. We might have tied for the honor of #1 that day, if I had found a parking place closer to the Olympic Blvd. office.

I was the agency's first broadcast producer/writer, after working as a writer for John Urie & Associates, a highly regarded film and commercial production studio of the 60s. Like Urie, Jay and Guy were a treat to work for, because of their unrelenting demand for kickass creative. The more typical agency standard then was creative expedience.

I would have contacted your fine JayDay site earlier had I not been forced to leave L.A. and resettle in a remote, small town in the northern most tip of Oregon, at least until the repercussions of a certain incident were shelved.

It was a sauce and feathering attack that erupted at the British Consulate on Wilshire Blvd., during a black-tie dinner, with serious political/economic implications for both the U.S. and Britain.

The object of the attack was the wife of the chairman of a huge oil concern in Europe. She got sauced and feathered by my companion (whom I'll call Miss X), an otherwise soulful fado singer from Portugal who was quite adept at slinging her boa feathers soaked with bananas Foster when wined and provoked.

As you can imagine, all hell broke loose, especially when the wife attempted to retaliate in kind. But instead of hitting Miss X, she doused a West Coast oil mogul, who was intent on negotiating a deal for North Sea oil reserves.

I will spare you further details. See attached Consulate letter.

After C/D and before the S&F humiliation, I had rewarding writing years with Needham, Chickering/Howell, Della Femina, k/d/p and others.

Up here, while in exile, I've enjoyed being a jazz dj on the local NPR station and other pursuits in self-enterainment.

Paul Decker

August 11, 2008


Remarks by the immortally impish Tom Carroll at a conference at the AAAAs on 04/29/2008.

I had the good fortune of working for Jay Chiat for a long time, and he had a painting by a modern artist over his mantle that said, “That was then; this is now.” And it was kind of how Jay lived his life. Jay had a lot of guts and he always knew when to change. Sometimes he was right, sometimes he was wrong, but he never whined. He always pushed everybody forward. You’d walk into his house and you’d see this painting and it was how he lived his life. And I think it’s a nice thought for us. That was then; this is now. It’s moved in our direction. We should just stop talking about what was and what wasn’t good, and start talking about all the good stuff that’s going on.

You can read the entire transcript here.

August 10, 2008

Alums, both found and refound

Mike Dillon, who was lost for a while, has turned up back at TBWA Chiat/Day.

I just noticed that I am on the dreaded lost list. I am from the Los Angeles class of 89-95.I returned home to TBWA/Chiat/Day on 6/25/07. I came back to work on Pennzoil as Account Director. Since 12/1/07 I have been Regional Account Director on Infiniti.

I once was lost, but now am found.

Also, welcome to Doreen Rivituso, who worked at Chiat/Day/Mojo.

August 09, 2008

Designing Dictators


In "IRON FISTS: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State", author Stephen Heller "argues that Mao with his 'Mona Lisa smile' and Lenin with his proletarian cap functioned in much the same way as 'trade characters' like Joe Camel or the Geico gecko, putting 'a friendly face on an otherwise inanimate (or sometimes inhumane) product.'"

You can read the review in the New York Times Book review by clicking here.