Author Archives: David Wojdyla

Perhaps You’ve Already Heard the Sad News

Please say a prayer for the godfather of Minneapolis advertising, Ron Anderson. In my career I’ve had many mentors. But Ron was the one who had the greatest impact on me. Professionally. Personally. Spiritually. MEMORIAL SERVICE This Saturday @ 11 AM Ridgewood Church 4420 County Road 101 Minnetonka, MN NO flowers, please. But a donation […]

Truer words were never spoken

Minnesota Tourism Advertising

Today on Good Morning America, I saw a segment about yet another YOU TUBE video that’s gone viral. This one encourages Super Bowl visitors to bring their “coats, hats and gloves” to Sunday’s game and was created by students at the Franklin Middle School in Minneapolis. (It’s cute and worth a click.) And then I […]

A blog post I wish I didn’t have to write

ICYMI on LinkedIn or Facebook, Ron Anderson, godfather of Minneapolis advertising, has Alzheimer’s. According to Matt Anderson, “His memories of his career, family and friends have faded significantly over the past two years. However, it’s always a great day when you can still see some of the old Ron still in him. “Recently Bruce Schultz […]

The first and only time I ever heard Ron Anderson use a four-letter word

It was my first month at Bozell/NY and probably Ron’s third month since moving from Minneapolis. My partner, award-winning copywriter Mike LaMonica, and I had just shared (with Ron’s blessing) a new campaign for SEVENTEEN magazine with the Account team. It was a short meeting. The top person said “Well, I don’t like it. And […]

Ron Anderson’s Scrapbook Mind

Virtually everything Ron saw, read, heard, felt (and I suppose smelled) was somehow instantly “cut-and-pasted” into his mind. And he could access it at a moment’s notice. A good example is the rusty shooting gallery duck on my bookshelf.

A quarter century of Bozell public service advertising (PSAs)

When the godfather of Minneapolis was promoted and relocated to NY, one of the first things Ron Anderson did was put together this book. It was sent to prospective new clients. And given to every employee. The publication – filled with 82 ads – was so popular it was updated and reprinted six months later. This is […]

Ron Anderson’s Creative Philosophy

Ron loooved this ad. Probably because it expresses his POV so clearly. For those who can’t read the tiny type at the bottom of the ad, here’s what it says: YOU CAN’T SAVE A BAD IDEA WITH GOOD EXECUTION. Creative Credits: Art Director: Dick Lemmon Writer: Dick Lemmon Client: Dick Lemmon Artist: Charles Hughes

Good Book Spoiler Alert

CA-76 AWARD-WINNING POSTER (19″ x 27″) Full Disclosure: We added the words “spoiler alert” to this 40-year-old headline. Art Director: Ron Anderson Copywriter: Tom  McElligott Photographer: Rick Dublin Client: Bible Belt Incorporated (Minneapolis)

Elmer’s Minnows and Ron Anderson

I recently stopped at a gas station/convenience store to use their restroom. On the way out, this point-of-sale display caught my eye. Something about it seemed familiar. So I cracked open an old ad award show annual and found the ad I was looking for. Plus a few more. CREATIVE CREDITS Ron Anderson, Creative Director, Art Director, […]