I began writing for a living in 1964. My first job was in the Ad Department of the Continental Casualty Company in Chicago writing accident and health brochures. It didn’t pay a whole lot of money, but it was my first real job and I was doing something I enjoyed. I still remember brown-bagging it to work on a dollar-a-day budget: 60 cents round-trip on the subway, 30 cents for a pack of cigarettes and 10 cents for a cup of coffee.
I broke into the advertising agency business in 1969 when I was hired as a writer for Tatham-Laird & Kudner in Chicago. From there, I went on to Leo Burnett and Marsteller. In 1976, I joined Botsford-Ketchum in San Francisco, then J. Walter Thompson; Foote, Cone & Belding where I spent 18 years, and finally Hal Riney & Partners before going off on my own as a freelancer.
I wrote mostly TV and radio commercials, but also some print for a lot of big and small national and regional clients. I held a bunch of different titles over the years, but in the end my job and love was simply writing advertising.
I reside in the San Francisco area.