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I Was Dr. Ads: My 45 Years in the Boston Media Trenches (IV)

Part 1 (1975-1988) is here. Part 2 (1988-1994) is here. Part 3 (1994-1998) is here. I produced about 75 pieces in my first six months as a reporter for Greater Boston – that’s about 12 pieces a month, three pieces … Continue reading

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I Was Dr. Ads: My 45 Years in the Boston Media Trenches (III)

Part 1 (1975-1988) is here. Part 2 (1988-1994) is here. While I was banging out my weekly columns for the Boston Globe Business section throughout 1994 and into 1995, I also tried to produce as many radio commentaries as possible … Continue reading

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I Was Dr. Ads: My 45 Years in the Boston Media Trenches (II)

Part 1 (1975-1988) is here. In the fall of 1988 I parlayed my Adweek columns into an audition to be an on-air commentator at WBUR, the local NPR station that was well on its way to becoming a major player … Continue reading

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I Was Dr. Ads: My 45 Years in the Boston Media Trenches (I)

If I had grandchildren (which I do not), they would likely come to me in the next several years and ask, “What did you do in the Great Pandemic of 2020, Gramps?” And I would reply, “Not much, kiddos. Gram … Continue reading

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Xavier University Students & Alums Say ‘We’re Number 330!’

The Wall Street Journal’s College Rankings came out on Friday and – no surprise, really – Harvard came up number one. The hardworking staff, however, was more concerned with how our alma mater Xavier University (class of ’71) fared in … Continue reading

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Remembering Tommy Ashton, Murdered on 9/11

Nineteen years ago today, my cousin Tommy Ashton was struck down in his prime by the Al Qaeda terrorists who engineered the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. From the New York Times great Portraits of Grief memorial: Colleen … Continue reading

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The Arts (Not) Seen in NYC (Félix Fénéon at MoMA Edition)

In a world without coronavirus, the Missus and I would be trundling down to the Big Town in the next week or two to go a-museuming. And one of the places we’d certainly have gone is the newly reopened Museum … Continue reading

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Dylan Thomas Does Not Go Gentle Into That Bad Ad

Listen, the hardworking staff enjoys a literary allusion as much as the next person, assuming the next person isn’t James Wood. But this ad in Thursday’s New York Times was just totally misconceived.     Right – so Dylan Thomas’s … Continue reading

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The Nude York Times (‘An American in Paris’ Edition)

From our Grey Lady pearl-clutching desk The hardblushing staff has long chronicled the growing willingness of the New York Times to bare all in the name of art – or commerce – in its advertising. Representative samples include this ulp-skirt ad … Continue reading

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Amazon Delivers News Packages to Compliant Media Outlets

Call it Prime-ing the news pump. In the runup to today’s annual shareholder meeting, Amazon has tried to disinfect its COVID-battered image with a video produced in the form of a news report and distributed to local TV stations around … Continue reading

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