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June 30, 2011

Dave Vertino


Today's his birthday. Worked as a Computer Graphic Artist in the NY office at about the time the concept of the position was invented.

Happpy Birthday, Dave! Be sure to have cake. It's not really your birthday unless you have cake.


You know, it's so easy to leave a comment on this site, even a zombie could do it. You click "comment," type your name, ignore all the other crap, and then type your comment. Yes, dear, it's not Facebook. If it were, they'd be making movies about me.

Steve Alburty [editor]

June 21, 2011

Another idea for Jay/Day


If you're scrambling to find an outlet for your Jay/Day philanthropic giving, Jessica Schulman Edelsein writes:

Happy Jay/Day Steve!!! Thanks for keeping his vision alive. If anyone is looking for a great way to support young artists today an easy way is to visit room13usa.com and click on support at the top! :^)



Rich Siegel offers up a wonderful reminiscence of his first sort-of Wiener-esque problem with email at Chiat/Day many years ago.

[Editor's note: the email software wasn't QuickTime, it was Quickmail. See earlier entry this month about Sue Nail, who worked at CE Software, and Laura Scott, also of CE, who made Quickmail popular. Quickmail, sadly, died in 2008. I still maintain it was the best email program EVER. Remember how you could "unsend" mail? I used to use that one a lot in the evening after a night of drinking.]

June 18, 2011

The Jay/Day/Bob Zach edition

As many of you have probably forgotten, June 21st is “Jay/Day.” I can’t remember who coined the term (Jane? Roseanne? Julia?) It happened at Jay’s memorial in NY. The point was that June 21st is the longest day of the year and what better time to give some help to a new artist or “dare to take on a new challenge.”  Read more suggestions here  It’s about doing something for someone else just as Jay did for us.
I have an oddly personal quest. I’d love to find Bob Zach. He was the media director of Chiat/Day and then went to Ogilvy, I believe, where he became embroiled in a scandal involving time sheets for (was it the Army account?) Anybody who has falsified their time sheets please raise their hand now. (ME!!!!)
I always had great respect for Bob and he’d probably be hideously embarrassed that I was singling him out in this fashion, but I’d really like to know where he is and to remind him that those of us who worked with him, loved him.  He was one of the kindest men I ever worked with. I miss his moustache.
So if you know his whereabouts, please disclose them to me.
I have received many requests to move the site to Facebook. Over my dead body. Facebook has no archiving ability. The JayDay website has material on it going back 8 years. Facebook only holds entries for a few weeks.  So there.
Some people complain that they can’t leave comments. Well, yes you can, dear.  Just click on the link below each entry which says “Comment.” It will ask you for all kinds of information, most of which you can ignore, and your comment will have to be approved by me before it is posted in order to prevent ads for Wiener-extenders from getting posted by spammers. (I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I promised myself I was NOT going to make a Wiener joke but it seemed so useful.)
So please, post comments.
Happy Jay/Day.
Steve Alburty
Your JayDay Host

P.S. If you're looking for a young artist to support, look no further than my friend Ricky Nelson. Yes, he gets the humor of his name. He's one of the smartest people I know and he's trying to make the transition from real estate to photography. He's building a website. So, if you've a mind to, and you have a paypal account, send a couple of bucks to the guy who is building his website, Misha:


I've deliberately put misha's name into a graphic so that web spammers don't pick up his name. Please let me know if you've sent him money as he only needs about $50 and I've already sent him $200. So if you send him some money and it is too much, I will post a STOP sign here.

Here's a photo of Ricky, sporting a t-shirt from City Light's Bookstore from San Francisco:


June 15, 2011



Click here to read a wonderful memory about Rich Seigel's first Chiat day.

Apple stores vs. Theme parks

More people visit an Apple store in a single retail quarter than visit Disney's theme parks. Read all about it here.

June 09, 2011

Charlie Bidwell

Thank you to good ol' Charlie Bidwell who made a donation to help keep this site running. Note that his name now appears in the list of donors over there on the right.

Steve Alburty
Your JayDay host

Steve's spaceship


Steve Jobs has unveiled drawings of a new headquarters building for Apple in Cupertino. Jay would be so jealous.

June 05, 2011

Happy Birthday!


.. to Barbara Overlie!