I do not go back to 1950 although I did do an Internship / Mail Room gig at Y&R /SF in 1957. In the mid 1970s I was asked to become the president of the San Francisco Society of Communicating Arts (an organization that was formed when the San Francisco Art Directors and Artists Club and the Copywriters Club merged), even though I was neither an art director nor any longer copywriter, because the club was in big financial trouble. The club owed a lot of money to a lot of suppliers and could not seem to find a way out. I personally went to every creditor and got all but one to either greatly reduce the debt or forgive it all together. The other thing we did was have avery successful “Miniature Auction”. Many artists and art directors, including Larry Duke, Chuck Eckart, Lee Ruggles and Don Sternloff donated “miniatures” to be auctioned off. I wish I could remember all of the people that donated their work. We raised some pretty good money that got the club back on its feet and there was some really great stuff auctioned off. I bought a few pieces myself.
Cheers – Jerry Gibbons