It’s to the point now that when I tell people I’ve been working in advertising for 49 years I feel I have to let them know that I’m only 69 years old or they may think I’m in my 70s or something!
Since this month begins my 50th year in advertising, I thought it would be fun, during the year, to share with you some of the many accounts I’ve worked on and show you some of the work over my career.
I felt it was most appropriate to start with my very first job that went into print. This was actually done before starting to work in the business, when I was in my 3rd year of college. Wayne State University Press held a book jacket design competition each semester in the Advertising Design classes. Students were encouraged to submit layouts and then they would select a winner who would not only get their book sleeve design printed, they would also get $50! Just to give you a little perspective on the value of $50 way back then, going to a State college, I never paid more than $300 a year for tuition!
When I heard the name of the book, I immediately knew what the visual had to be. A couple years earlier at Henry Ford Community College, I had made a linoleum block print that was a self-portrait. It was perfect!
Of course, they did pick my design, I got my $50, and my self-portrait appeared on the cover of “Adolescents Out of Step—Their Treatment in a Psychiatric Hospital.”