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A Fast Food Eulogy

0 Comments · Thursday, January 31, 2002
Ah, Dave Thomas. We hardly knew ye. Yours was a life filled with bad ties and square hamburgers. How will your legacy stack up to the great fast-food mascots of history? As far back as I can remem  

Vodka, with a Twist

0 Comments · Thursday, December 20, 2001
A simple 30-second spot that aired last week during Saturday Night Live might well have changed advertising forever. What? You didn't notice? Coming in pretty far below the public radar, the Smirn  

Heard That Song Before

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Craving a potpourri of Pop music the other night, I was going to put on a mix CD. Instead, I decided to just flip on a commercial-heavy TV station instead. It was the same thing. Barenaked Ladies   

Humor Is Good Medicine

0 Comments · Thursday, October 18, 2001
I find myself laughing more. The commercials aren't funnier, I don't think. We just need them to be funnier. After hour upon hour of near continuous news coverage of events surrounding Sept. 11, it  

On the Road Again

0 Comments · Thursday, August 23, 2001
It's back-to-school time, consumers. High time to take a look around your highways and byways to dissect and disrespect all the latest billboards blocking our precious scenery. Since academia is gro  

Let me tell you what you think

0 Comments · Thursday, July 19, 2001
"Guy Ritchie ... after the cult success of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and the commercial appeal of Snatch, you've been dubbed film's next big director. What are you going to do now?" "I'm   

A Pointed Argument

0 Comments · Thursday, November 16, 2000
Ad Nauseam Selling Out: A Pointed Argument The word of the day, boys and girls, is nipple. That's because our favorite body part is making a huge splash in print advertising these days. Flip ope  

One Strike and You're Out

0 Comments · Thursday, October 19, 2000
My friend "Mike" is one of them scabs. He and the rowdy crowd that formed outside the Aronoff Center for the Arts last week are the only reasons I know there is an actors' strike against advertise  

Junior the Ad-man

0 Comments · Thursday, August 17, 2000
Setting: Afternoon. Griffey kitchen. Ken Griffey Jr. is scratching his head. Sorting through all those pesky bank statements and balancing his checkbook is getting in the way of a quick game of cat  

Advertising Support?

0 Comments · Thursday, July 20, 2000
Someone keeps putting the damned cart before the horse. People do not watch television or listen to the radio for the commercials. By and large, they don't grab newspapers and flip right to the ads.  

Animal Instincts

0 Comments · Thursday, June 15, 2000
When it comes to company spokespeople, it appears we actually prefer animals to humans. And the trend isn't only hot now. Since the dawn of advertising, it never really cooled off. Consider this h  

Demand More from Your Roast Beef Sandwich

0 Comments · Thursday, May 18, 2000
My brother, who I affectionately refer to as the Human Garbage Disposal, walked into Arby's recently and ordered three roast beef sandwiches, large curly fries and a fruit turnover. The HGD doesn't   

Tuned in to radio billboards

0 Comments · Thursday, April 20, 2000
I can understand (if not tolerate) the idea of radio station billboards. You're driving along. You're bored. You just passed a fat billboard on the interstate blithely proclaiming "Less Talk, More   

Mixed reviews

0 Comments · Thursday, March 16, 2000
Forget college basketball. The real purpose of March is to celebrate the film industry. The greatest awards ceremony on the planet -- the Oscars -- will be held in less than two weeks. I don't mean   

Local Advertisers Should Pick Their Noses

0 Comments · Thursday, February 17, 2000
I am not a violent man, but if I ever run into Dan the Red Tag Man, I plan to end his life. You know the guy. He's the clown on your TV dancing around in stupid costumes -- most recently in large r