Category Minneapolis Advertising

Tony’s Pizza Billboard

Don’t know who deserves credit for this elegant visual solution. Do know I love it!

Giving people the freedom to fail

Ron Anderson, the godfather of Minneapolis advertising, got the best out of his people by giving them freedom to fail

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, […]

The Minneapolis School of Advertising

You could really credit the growth of the Minneapolis ad community to two men. Ron Anderson and Tom McElligott. In 1976, Minneapolis wasn’t that hot and most of the award-winning stuff was written by these two. For a long time everyone was jealous…mixed jealousy and awe. They became the rabbits the hounds chased. And by doing […]

poppin' fresh pie logo

Ron Anderson’s “Best Advertising Campaign in the World”

SUSAN MORRIS, AN ASPIRING COPYWRITER ON MICHIGAN AVENUE, SEZ: I have a 10-page xeroxed copy of Ron Anderson’s ad club speech titled “RISK.” He made it about 25 years ago. I wasn’t there. But I’m assuming Mr. Anderson saved his best stuff for last. So I’m sharing the last two pages here. FINALLY, I’d like […]

Freespeech Committee Ads Worth a Second Look

This is one of Ron’s favorite public education campaigns. Mine, too. In fact, I think these 25-year-old ads should be dusted off. Especially when you consider the government’s recent attempt to influence what should be reported and how it should be reported.  (Google “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs by the Federal Communications Commission.”)

Surdyk's Liquor Store Poster

Vintage Bozell Minneapolis advertising

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Surdyk’s Liquor in Minneapolis. To mark the occasion, I’ve digitized some timeless award-winners. CREATIVE CREDITS (top to bottom) Billboard: PAM CONBOY, art director; JIM NEWCOMBE, writer. Fractional Newspaper: PAM CONBOY, art director; JIM NEWCOMBE, writer. Shopping Carts: KURT TAUSCHE, art director; JIM NEWCOMBE, writer. Full Page Newspaper: RON ANDERSON, art director; […]