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November 26, 2011

Scott Salmon


It is a rare occurrence for me to get a visitor to my log cabin high atop the Catskill Mountains, so it was a special treat yesterday afternoon and evening when Scott Salmon drove up for dinner and lot of chatting.

Scott worked for me at 666 Fifth Avenue when he and Peter Franke and I were all in Print Production. He then went to the vendor side, representing a printer, and was a frequent visitor at 79 Fifth. He married Judy Zell, who also worked at Chiat\Day. He is now married to a lovely woman named Suzan and is a devoted father to their son, Shayne.

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Behind the scenes of "1984"

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Brent Thomas was recently cleaning out his garage and found some stills and call sheets from the filming of the 1984 commercial. He has kindly posted them on the web for all of us to see.

Check it out by clicking here.

The call sheets were provided by Nadia Owen, Ridley Scott's producer.

It's a fascinating trove of information about the most famous commercial in history, which Brent wrote.

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Manny Rappaport

Many thanks to Emmanuel (Manny) Rappaport for making a donation to the site. Manny was a very inventive researcher in the early days of Chiat/Day. Chuck Phillips has fond memories of Manny when we were pitching Chuck E. Cheese in the late 70's and he sat on their conference room floor to illustrate how their customers (kids) view the world. Says Chuck, "it certainly caught me by surprise. they thought he was wonderful and he was."

November 20, 2011

Thank you to Tom Patty

Few people realize this, but it costs appx. $193.67 billion per year to run this site. (Wait a minute, that's the Gross Domestic Product of Nigeria. I often get them confused.)

But there ARE hosting fees and bandwidth fees and time, of course. Plus I'm never really quite sure if there ARE any wonderful people out there in the dark. (In other words, do people actually visit the site. The statistics can be misleading.) So when somebody donates, it shows that this site actually has value to someone.

Anyway, along comes Tom Patty with a donation (for a SECOND time!) Thank you, Tom. That was mighty generous of you.

Tom's been the subject of a couple of articles on this site. One is about the business seminars he runs (click here) The other was about the release of a CD of Tom singing. Yes, Garbo talks and Tom Patty sings! (Listen here.)

Thanks again, Tom. And if any of the rest of you would like to donate, notice on the right side of the screen there's a button that says "Make a donation."

November 18, 2011

Flexible folding chair

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Just be glad Jay never saw this or you'd be sitting on one right now.

November 10, 2011

Every Little Breeze Seems to Whisper "Louise"

If you missed the reunion at the Old Town for Louise Seeley (formerly Mrs. Bob Dion), you missed the party of the decade. It was JUST like we'd all shown up from a hard day of work at 69 Fifth.

Let me test my brain by trying to remember everybody who was there: Louise (obviously), as well as her husband, Mike. John Salvati, Tom Scherma, Frank Scherma, Sue Katzen, Ken Segall, Jeff DeJoseph, Robin Raj, Suzanne Stack, and Evert Cilliers attended.

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Jeff DeJoseph

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John Salvati

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Frank Scherma

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Robin Raj and Sue Katzen

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Suzanne Stack and Mike Seeley

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The back of Ken Segall's head, Louise, and Evert Cilliers.

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An overlit Ken Segall

November 07, 2011

Hillary Jordan

Hillary Jordan

It is said that every copywriter has an unpublished novel somewhere in their drawer or hard drive. Hillary Jordan, who worked as a copywriter in Venice (Nissan and Eveready, late 80s and early 90s) has not only published ONE book, but has now come out with another!

You can read all about them, including get information about her book tour, here.

Books Whenshewoke They are also available on Amazon by clicking here.

November 06, 2011

Google moves into binocular building


Vicki Blucher sent me this link about Google owning a new set of binoculars!

Leah Lindberg

Leah had the good fortune to work at Chiat/Day twice (94 & 95) and then again in 97 (freelance).

Rhonda Shade


A big alumni howdy to Rhonda Shade, who worked as an account executive in the promotions group for Nissan and Infiniti.

She's a digital executive and since leaving Chiat/Day, has worked at such companies as Night Agency, The Barbarian Group, and Deep Focus.