I worked with Dina Weinstein and Mindi Harrison from 1985-1989. Then, I got pregnant and had a baby and left... I still have the Mrs. Piggy Wiggle book that you gave to me for her, and some kind of baby countdown sticker that you put in my office. We had lots of silly fun and I look back on those years with the fondest of memories.
That child is now a junior in college, and her younger brother is a senior in high school :) George and I moved our family to Long Island----six years ago I went back to nursing school, and am working as an RN. I hope this finds you well. I think of everyone so often. I loved looking at the list. Happy Holidays and New Year
If you're looking for that last-minute Christmas gift, how 'bout some manure? Or a cow? Oxfam is one of the most respected charities in the world and you can select from dozens of possible gifts for someone out in there in the world who is truly needy. You can do this in the name of someone in your life to whom you'd normally give STUFF, stuff they probably don't really need.
Got a great video today about Tom Patty's wife, Susan, from a company called Your Story Here. They produce personal documentaries. This one has great footage of Susan and Tom, of course, but Lee Clow is in there, as well as John Rinek.
Ex Adman discovers things that really matter
Tom Patty is not the sort of man to do things by halves. His career as an adman gave him clients like Nike, Nissan and Pizza Hut. When he retired from Chiat/Day Advertising in 1998 he was President and Worldwide Account Director.
Sailing every Thursday and riding his bike a hundred miles a week, Tom now advises hundreds of small Orange County businesses every year as part of his job as a SCORE counselor. And he has lost none of the drive - or the talent for spotting trends - that put him on top in the advertising world.
So when Tom's wife Susan was turning 60, Tom knew he wanted something special. And he didn't just want to buy more 'stuff'.
"So much of our time - and our money - is spent on stuff. Just stuff.
“I should know, I have sold a lot of stuff over the years!” says Tom with a wry smile.
Don't get him wrong. Tom has nothing against flat screen TVs and other grown ups’ technology toys. He just thinks that we - all of us - are looking for more.
"We want more meaning in our lives." says Tom - who through his SCORE work and industry associations still spends a lot of his time thinking about the Next Big Thing. "In the decade ahead, the intrinsic worth of things - their subjective meaning - will come to have greater and greater significance in all of our purchasing decisions. We want things that really matter.
As it happened, one of the small businesses that Tom has been advising fills just the niche he has in mind. Your Story Here LLC Video Biography is an emerging Orange County business that specializes in personal history documentary – honoring people who may not be celebrities to anyone but their families and friends.
In Tom’s case, the thing that really matters is his wife Susan.
"My wife wants a large garden in the North West. I reflected on that for a long time,” says Tom. “In truth, the whole world is Susan's garden. She cares for a large circle of friends and family just as she would care for her garden. I wanted someone to help me turn that concept into a gift."
The result of Tom's vision - and Your Story Here's production expertise - is a 35 minute multimedia show called "Susan's Garden". All of Susan's "garden" appears - from her smallest flowers (her grandchildren) to her oldest. "That would probably be me!" says Tom.
"I think it is the shape of things to come," says Tom, who carries "Susan's Garden" in his iPod Touch and readily plays it for anyone too slow or too polite to escape. “The technology is great - but Susan is what really matters.”
Your Story Here owner Jane Shafron agrees. “We are seeing an increasing interest in personal value products like our video biographies”, she says. “Baby boomers worked hard all their lives for material comforts and are now discovering that true wealth only comes from personal connections and meaning.” As one of Jane’s recent blogs has it: “It’s not about the toys."
And Susan's reaction? As a long-time producer herself, she was always going to be a tough audience. "It’s one of the sweetest things he has ever done”, she says.
Find out more about Your Store Here by clicking, well, here! And check out Jane's blog here.
Chuck Phillips (C/D Employee #1) went to visit Hy Yablonka. Says Chuck ...
Visited him Sunday at his new palatial Spanish style home in Orange which he shares with son Mike and family. It truly defies description - fruit orchards and all. Still pretty lonely out there and he welcomes visitors. For those that wish to contact this technologically defiant holdout. his phone is Sorry for photo quality but says he prefers "blur."
[Editor's note: I don't want to publicize Hy's phone number on a website, but if you'd lke to contact him, please write to my name on the masthead and I'll provide it to you.]
Mindi Harrison (Shaevitz) has shown up in my inbox. She had the great privilege to be the local media buying supervisor under Oksana Glass at Chiat/Day from 1985 to 1993. "Definitely the good old days!" says Mindi.
Those of us who worked in the New York office knew her as Shari Kasch and she was an ace traffic manager. Here she is at the Hollywood Bowl, where she went to visit her sister. She's back in New York and is looking for a spot as a Sr Project Manager for Desktop and Traffic groups. Anybody know of anything? If so, contact me (see masthead above) and I'll contact Shari for you.