1. I spent about forty years writing ads and commercials for various advertising agencies, and for about 85% of that time I absolutely loved it.
2. For the other 15% of the time, I absolutely hated it.
3. But in spite of the disasters involved in that 15%, I wouldn’t have traded jobs with anyone. Not even the President of the United States.
But why in the world had I chosen to do it all in Minneapolis? Beats me.
Minneapolis, as you probably know, is in Minnesota. And Minnesota means unusual weather, to say the least. In June—which is when I decided to take the job—there are several wonderful days. Maybe four or five. But the rest of the time it’s mostly winter. With snow up to your ears and the thermometer plunging helplessly.
And that was only the beginning of the problems...
-- The Great American Novel that never got written--
-- A young writer’s introduction to big-agency advertising--
-- Ads and commercials and clients and bosses--
-- Hits and misses and triumphs and catastrophies--
-- A lovely young lady who became a supportive wife and mother--
-- Three young sons who kept both parents hopping--
-- Garrets and apartments and dream houses in the suburbs--
-- And an interesting look at America in the ’50’s from a front-row seat in the advertising that helped propel it. How it worked and didn’t work, scored and struck out, rewarded and punished, and just about everything else.
Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius’s life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Vance uses Musk’s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk—one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history—is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
Thorough and insightful, Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. And once more, just for good measure.
Once upon a time I was fired. Again.
I’d been writing ads for agencies in Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis and New
York. For almost twenty years.
Then one day I found myself writing them in the sometimes sleepy, sometimes far from sleepy little city of Marion, Ohio.
How I got there, what I did there, and all the rest of it makes a rather interesting story. At least to me. Although Gertrude Stein famously said,
“There’s no there there,” don’t believe it for a minute. She sure wasn’t talking about Marion, Ohio.
Read on, gentle reader, read on...