Author Archives: George Parker

George Parker has spent 40 years on Madison Avenue. He’s won Lions, CLIOs, EFFIES, and the David Ogilvy Award. His blog is, which is required reading for those looking for a gnarly view of the world’s second oldest profession.” His latest book, Confessions of a Mad Man, makes the TV show Mad Men look like Sesame Street.

George Parker: Winston Fletcher, gnarly clients and me

The recent post on MAA, concerning this year’s Winston Fletcher Fiction Prize inspired me to write a heartfelt appreciation of one of the genuinely nice people I have ever met in this increasingly unredeemable and rancid biz. In 1972, after ...

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George Parker: a close escape for Microsoft – and me

My good friend and “Fearless” drinking mate, Jerry Judge, did a piece the other day about the award of the Microsoft account to McCann. Oh yes in-fucking-deed… As Jerry, points out, McCann had the account a dozen or so years ...

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George Parker: how Thanksgiving became ‘Black Friday’

In case you missed it, today is Thanksgiving in the US, which is one of the very few days workers get the day off with pay, unless you’re in retail, but more on that in a moment. As I have ...

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