MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 279 – OCTOBER 6, 2013
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SUNDAY, DAY 279 OF 2013: Well, I was away from the house both yesterday and today, and I’m still in the middle of sorting through all the pictures I took over the weekend. So tonight I decided to post a blast from the past … in case you’ve ever wondered what a Smiling Bagel is …
Back when I was a spritely lad in my early 20s, i had just started my career in advertising. Dismiss all images of advertising you might have of MAD MEN! Yes, all people who work in advertising are mad, but television can not really the real story of how mad they really are. Like the copywriter who set a large cardboard box on her desk that covered her and her typewriter so that no one could watch her work. Or the artist who called in every other day will a new and deadly disease she was sure she contracted from a rabbit that ran thought her yard. It only gets weirder from there.
Since this was my first job … ever … I might have asked a lot of questions and followed people around to learn all I could about the art of advertising. For some reason, I became the puppy dog to some of more senior staff members. One art director even drew a caricature of a sheep dog whose face bore a striking resemblance to mine.
A number of years later, I made an animated film called The Smiling Bagel That Devoured The Ad Agency and used the face of that dog for the face of the villain bagel. And that was how THE SMILING BAGEL was born.