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 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

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)

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, […]

Found this Cannes Lion Award Winning public service announcement (PSA) on an old Bozell reel. I’m sharing it for two reasons: (1) It’s more than a quarter century old yet it could run today. (And would probably be the best PSA on the air.) (2) This testimonial isn’t real. It’s a riveting performance by a young actor […]

Ron Anderson. Godfather of Minneapolis Advertising.

Susan Morris sez: These are Ron Anderson’s words. I’m just the typist ツ The year was 1978. Wendell Anderson was a two-term Democratic Governor from Minnesota. Very popular. Handsome to a fault. Even played hockey for the University of Minnesota. Scandinavian. What more could you want in Minnesota? Unfortunately, Wendell Anderson made one strategic mistake. […]

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 […]