Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Did Della Femina outdrink Allen Rosenshine?

I'm always suspicious that Jerry Della Femina inflates everything by half, and this story that ran in The New York Post on Monday does nothing to change my perception. It asks the central question that's been plaguing every overworked, stressed out person in advertising since the launch of "Mad Men": did ad people really drink, smoke and have that much fun (sex) back in the day? According to Della Femina, who claims that a colleague used to chug a huge tumbler of scotch every morning at 8:30 a.m., the answer is yes. However, Rosenshine (former BBDO chief, which even you young 'uns should know), in his classic curmudgeonly style, describes the show as “a total fabrication ... I won’t deny that there was drinking, but it was never like that. And if anybody talked to women the way these goons do, they’d have been out on their ass.”

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