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 […]
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 […]
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.
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
If you only remember one thing from this site, let it be this dictum from Ron: “MAKE ANDS. NOT ADS.” Translation: Today’s advertising must be more than strategic. It must be more than creative. It must be one and the other.
Ron Anderson is just the coolest guy ever. Smart, creative, a straight shooter. When I met him, I was a little nobody (still am) and he was this Big Time Executive. But Ron didn’t wear his power around the office like some smaller men do. Ron was always warm, friendly, down to earth. (He has […]