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March 30, 2012

Some tidbits about "1984" from Steve and Lee

Steve Hayden and Lee Clow spoke about their famous commercial at a recent 4As conference.

"The myth is that '1984' ran only once, on the Super Bowl," said Mr. Hayden. But it also aired at 2:00 a.m. in certain places "so that it would be eligible for award shows," he added. Oddly, it also ran in Boca Raton, Fla., which was then the headquarters of the IBM PC division 'just to piss them off,' Mr. Hayden said.

You can read the entire article here.

March 25, 2012

Leslie Cicurel Engel


Leslie was a Human Resources Director in the New York office of Chiat/Day. She developed "the acting bug" over the last few years and she is in a new production in which she plays a neighbor who may or may not be a Russian spy!

Go see it and then stop backstage to say hey!

Pack of Lies
By Hugh Whitemore

April 27 - May 6, 2012

Friendship, betrayal, and loyalty collide when neighbors and cherished friends are not what they appear. A riveting thriller based on true events, Pack of Lies focuses on a suburban English family in the early 1960s, whose placid lives become shattered when they learn that their neighbors—and closest friends—may be Soviet spies.

Director: Matt Schicker
Set Design: Carl Tallent
Lighting Design: Mike Megliola
Costume Design: Whitney Locher
Producers: Gayle Artino, Bob Berger, and Hope Landry

Ken Altman • Lesley Berry • Leslie Engel • Joe Gambino •
Jessica Kuhne • Jim Mullins • Penny Robb • Katherine Weall

Friday - Saturday, April 27 - 28 at 8 PM,
Thursday - Saturday, May 3 - 5 at 8 PM,
Sunday, April 29 & May 6 at 3 PM

Ticket price: $20
For reservations call our Box Office at 212-378-0248 or visit the St. Bart's Central desk in the lobby of St. Bartholomew's Church (325 Park Avenue @ 51st St.).
Tickets will also be available at the door (cash or check only).

To be performed at the
Park Avenue Christian Church Theater,
1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street, New York NY

March 15, 2012

More alums go missing

I've gotten more mail that has bounced back because I must have old email addresses:

Mike McCabe
Bonnie Lunt
Mike Braue
David Angela

March 05, 2012

Tom Patty sings!

We seem to be on a roll with people showing off their talents. Here's a music video written and sung by Tom Patty (C/D 1977-98) called “I want to live the life on my Hawaiian shirt.”

Hawaiian Shirt

Lost alums

Every time I send out a mass mailings, I get "bounced emails" because the email address I have for someone no longer works. Here's a list of the people I seem to have lost:

Steve Rabosky
Marty Cooke
Ed Ronk
Ally Longfield
Clarissa Potter
Mary Warlick
Hilary Cochran
Theresa Buchanan
Travey Mack
Hal Maynard
Frances Rady
Robert K. Horne
Gary Madonna
Pam Den Hartog
Rob DeFlorio
Tom Szcepanski
Steven Davis
Sean McCarthy
Colin Hagen
Mickey Sandler
Chaz Smith
Christine Donahoe
Ken Pappanduros
Roxanne Palin
Matt Singer
Andy Spade
Anne-Marie Schaffer
Nicole Carrington
Bradford Briggs
Jamie Seltzer
Fryer Bronwyn
Sarah Beaudin
John Uusitalo
Mike Gibbs
Jon Hartman
Franz Kurath
Eva Hasson
Caroline Rudnick

Ken Segall's new book

As if writing the new JC Penny commercials wasn't enough (see entry below), Ken found time between takes to write a book! It's about his years of experience writing commercials for Apple, but it's neither a tell-all or a bio.

Insanely Simple Book-1

Ken says ....

Insanely Simple is about Apple’s obsession with Simplicity.

You can see Simplicity in everything Apple does: the way it organizes, innovates and communicates. In fact, one could argue that it was Steve’s unrelenting passion for Simplicity that helped Apple rise from near-death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on Earth in 2011.

My observations come from over 12 years of experience as Steve’s agency creative director, from NeXT to Apple. Also relevant to my story are the years I spent on the agency team during John Sculley’s rule at Apple. And then I had some interesting (and often excruciating) experiences in the worlds of Dell, Intel and IBM — which made me even more conscious of what sets Apple apart.

To Steve Jobs, Simplicity was a religion. But it was also a weapon — one that he used to humble competitors once thought to be invincible.

You can buy it right now by pushing the button below. How simple!

Ken Segall's JC Penney Commercials

Ken, whose long career writing Apple commercials for Chiat/Day has made him a legend, is behind the new JC Penney commercials starring Ellen Degeneres. He wrote them with this creative partner, Michael Rylander, who is another C/D alum.