Yes, I pace and write, simultaneously, all day long. I move from MacBook to sketchbook to iPad to popcorn. Especially to popcorn. These 43 seconds demonstrate one thing: a writer’s life makes for kind of a boring video. Oh, well, at least you can see our living room!
Big day in comicdom! Action Comics #1000 is out, the first comicbook in history to reach that number. It’s also the 80th anniversary (to the day) of Action #1, which introduced Superman to the world. “I’ll buy just ONE COPY of issue #1000,” I said this morning. “I WON’T buy the 9 variant cover editions, each representing a different decade. I WON’T!” One hour later…
Come on, a little too professorial. The elbow patches are spot on, sure, but who lines up markers like that, and why would the guy who tries to simplify everything write so much sh*t on the board?
“Don’t blame me,” said Walt Jaschek. “I’m teaching radio advertising again at Webster University School of Communications during the Spring, 2018, semester, and a student at the end of class snapped at pic on my phone.”
At your own request?
“Well, sure,” Walt admitted. “I promote the class as a way for advertising majors to learn to strategize, write, produce, cast, direct and engineer a original, 3-spot radio campaign — — and I wanted to look the part.”
Walt’s slogan for the class, which is filled with mostly funny radio, old and new: “Laugh Your Ads Off.”
Okay, “professor.” Just please don’t tell us you have a pipe in your pocket.
It’s not a dream. It’s not a hoax. It’s not an imaginary tale.
Walt Jaschek and his long-time friend and creative collaborator Paul Fey, writers and producers of funny radio commercials, were inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame at a gala ceremony in downtown St. Louis on March 17, 2018.
The St. Louis Media History Foundation inducted 20 other individuals into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame that night, as well. More than 200 people attended the gala. (See the full list of the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees on LinkedIn.)
Said the Foundation: “Individually and together, Paul and Walt have reputations for creating high-impact, industry-admired advertising campaigns. They teamed up in 1991 to create Paul & Walt Worldwide, the radio commercial boutique agency and production company. With offices in Hollywood and St. Louis, their work quickly won CLIOS, ADDYs and many other awards for national brands.”
Bonus scenes from the night of the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame ceremony: Walt and what he calls his “Hall of Fam:” From left, son Adam; Walt’s wife Randy; and Adam’s fiancé Bernie. Below, Walt’s Hall of Fame plaque.
Yeah. Neither did I.
Try it yourself with the “Google Arts & Culture” app. Take a selfie and see your fine-arts portrait “match.” Apply grain of salt. 😉
Walt Jaschek posed for this Flu Shot PSA for social media, and wrote the copy. He knows it’s a bad pun. “I’ll see myself out,” he says.
From Walt himself: “Bad puns aside, I’m a big believer in the flu shot. I got one 11 years out of 12, and the year I didn’t, I got the flu. You don’t want it. Last year when my Dad was in a hospital ER as a result of a Fall, we surrounded by dozens of miserable flu patients: on gurneys, in chairs, against walls, against doors, anywhere they could fit, IVs dangling, many still in robes or PJs, It looked like a war zone.”
He adds: “The shot is covered by most insurance plan, is inexpensive anyway, only takes a few seconds, pricks for a split second, it protects not just you, but others. OTHERS. So in a way, yes, it’s heroic.”
By the way, that is a DC superhero hoodie Walt is wearing, with a rather moody illustration of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. They’re often considered heroes, too, we’re told.
Randy Kopelwitz Rosenbaum was sitting on our patio. I say our patio, because Randy Kopelwitz Rosenbaum is my wife. She was impatient to go back inside and get back to work. So I couldn’t finish my sketch. That’s my Randy Kopelwitz Rosenbaum! I hope to get her to sit still so I can finish this one, or sit still so I can start a new one. P.S. I dig mechanical pencils.