The hardworking staff’s long-running series has featured everyone from John Lennon-loving Yoko Ono to Broadway-loving Carole L. Haber.
But this one’s a first.
Yesterday’s full-page New York Times ad comes from none other than Ben Franklin.
The man behind the quintessential American man is one Tom Blair, who describes himself thusly:
Tom came to this country as a young child after his dad was killed during the Normandy Invasion a couple of weeks before he was born. Tom borrowed to start his first company, and, through hard work and good fortune, has been extremely successful in a number of enterprises. Unlike Donald Trump, he never used bankruptcy to stave off his creditors. His most recent company was sold for $4.8 billion.
Blair is also author of Poorer Richard’s America: What Would Ben Say?
Not sure he would say “spend six figures for a full-page ad in the Times that up to 620,000 readers will ignore,” but why get technical about it.
Your need to offer a correction, John.
The number is 629,999.
After all, you headlined it in one of your pieces, so you hardly qualify as ignoring it.
But hey, a fool gets to spend his money as he wishes, does he not? It’s not as if he’s like Hillary Clinton spending other people’s money to promote herself.
Really, Mudge – 629,999 for a NYT full-page ad? Can’t remember ever pegging it that high.
I’ll give you a 20% discount for cash in small, unmarked bills, John.
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