Well, OK. Here’s the skinny.
In the evenings I was teaching Advertising Design at the Academy of Art on Sutter Street. During the day I was Executive Art Director at Young & Rubicam. A big time advertising agency now swallowed up into a bunch of letters.
Always looking out for young talent, I barely noticed Dave Sanchez and Mick Kitagawa in my class. Raw, eager young kids with a modicum of talent. Slowly I molded them into potential fodder for the advertising industry.
Our largest account at Y&R was Kaiser Industries. And aside from “Mavrick” (our #1 hit starring James Garner), Kaiser had a long list of industrial products. Each of these products needed many trade ads and programs to help sell them. Perfect for raw,eager, young stupid kids. Bingo. What an opportunity. What a chance to fill their little heads with the glory of working for a big time advertising agency. And right out of school too ! I decided to give them their BIG break. I based their salaries on how long they had been out of diapers times two and added carfare. Dangling the bait in front of their starry eyes, I signed them up before their mouths closed. I gave them accounts the day they walked in the door and worked their little pink asses day and night until I walked out the door to become a photographer a few years later. Now, there are insinuations that I paid them “two for the price of one”.
These are scurrilous lies. I took them off the street and put them into an exciting world. I set their names in lights.
The ungrateful curs.
Dave would have wound up selling ladies shoes if I hadn’t saved him and Mick was doomed for “B” movies every time a new one was shot in town. If there are any medals to be given they should be on my chest for paying more than they deserved. Hah ! Two for one indeed.