The Original Mad Man



The improbable, implausible story of advertising’s original Mad Man — David Ogilvy

“He’s born in England, he grows up there, drops out of Oxford. And then, what does he do? He becomes a chef in Paris. Then he sells Aga cooking stoves door-to-door in Scotland at the depth of the Depression. He writes a manual that Fortune says is probably the best sales manual ever written and he uses that to talk himself into a little job in the ad business in London.

Then he ends up in the U.S. working for George Gallup, the pollster, doing pioneering research in Hollywood. Then before and during World War II he does undercover work with British intelligence. At the end of the war he becomes a farmer in the Amish country in Pennsylvania. At the age of 38, he decides to open an advertising agency.”






~ by eaesthete on 04/28/09.

2 Responses to “The Original Mad Man”

  1. Some people are just more interesting than others.

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