Mad Ave Agency adds “Fake News” to list of Agency Services

To sell a product, service or cause, Madison Avenue will sometimes take liberties with the truth and go a bit too far.

A few historical examples come to mind:

• When the agency for Campbell’s put marbles in the soup to make the veggies sit on top;
• When Volvo’s agency reinforced the inside of a Volvo, had a monster truck run over it, then showed the Volvo unharmed;
• When Sears’ agency took new women’s clothing, ripped it apart at the seams, and had everything reconstructed to perfectly fit slender models.

Recently a co-worker shared with me another story:
New Agency on Mad Ave adds “Fake News” to list of Agency Services

As an aspiring copywriter, I understand the first job of every ad is to attract attention.
But I think what PRESS KITCHEN did crosses the line to completely unprofessional.

What’s your opinion?

Not three billboards. Four print ads.

All of these ads were in the 1982 One Show. Can you spot the one still relevant today?

(For the neanderthals reading this, it’s the last one.)

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates women comprise more than half of the total U.S. labor force. Yet we still make up less than one quarter of Congress and statewide-elected offices.


Thankfully there’s been a surge of women candidates running for office in 2018.


IMO our different life experiences, perspectives, and priorities bring about more balanced laws.


Then YSK about the Center for American Women and Politics.

This non-profit’s committed to electing more women to public office.

How exactly? One pretty good example is their bipartisan Ready-to-Run® program.

It provides hands-on, how-to training for women who want to:
• Run for office
• Work on campaigns
• Get appointed to office
• Learn more about our political system

Fingers crossed you visit their site! (Or at least share a link to it!!)

Penis Ad for 2015 Chicago American Advertising Awards


The Chicago Advertising Federation is one of America’s oldest and largest ad organizations.

On its Board of Directors, 12 men and 16 women.

Apparently all of them think this ad is funny.

I don’t.

An ad guy I know told me, “Susan, if you want to play with the big boys lighten up a little and laugh.”

He says this ad is an award winner.

I say it’s a boner.

What do you think?

First item on my bucket list: Visit AL. Ringling Mansion Museum


Al Ringling’s mansion is being faithfully restored to its former beauty by a retired circus performer.

Okay, so I just started my bucket list. And there’s only one thing on it. But I still want to share it. So here goes.

All my friends know I love love love Al Ringling, the first and best Ringling Bros.

Water for Elephants Baraboo Benefit Gala Premiere, May 20, 2011, Al. Ringling Theatre

Baraboo Premiere Poster

My infatuation began the evening of May 20, 2011, during the Water for Elephants Benefit Gala Premiere at the Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo (a.k.a. Circus City), WI.

Recently I learned Al Ringling’s 1906 mansion was sold and the new owner is lovingly restoring it.

W O O H O O !!!

I’m planning to visit Thursday, June 25. (That’s the Centennial Celebration of Al. Ringling Day.) Maybe I’ll see you there!

My latest ad

#LessonsAndCarols Invitation

An ad for St. John Cantius Church in Chicago

(Right now, sayin’ a prayer we get the client’s approval.)

My first draft copy: Each year more and more Chicagoans discover this century-old celebration of the birth of Jesus. Will 2014 be your year? Join us on Saturday, December 13 at 7 pm for our tenth annual program of meditation, scripture, and music. To order tickets, call 1-800-838-3006 or order online.