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 […]

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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 […]