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Everyone loves a come back story.

Last season of Television AMC series Mad Men, we heard the famous line “going down”  as a new incoming employee to Advertising Firm Sterling, Cooper & Partners held the elevator door for Jon Hamm playing character Don Draper on his way out.  Draper,  a partner in the firm,  as we last saw him, was on his was out due to a  unanimous vote by the partners  to send him on a undetermined Administrative Leave of Absence with pay due to his unprofessional conduct with potential clients.   The person holding the elevator for him we would only learn later was his replacement.   For the mid season 7 finale, character Don Draper, has managed to make a major come back by regaining his position back into the firm.   Draper’s shenanigans may have cost him his marriage, but we will have to wait until 2015 when the season restarts to see how his romantic life unfolds.

This come back was largely due to his colleagues recognizing his true talent, and value to the firm.   And, Sterling requesting he continue to be apart of the team.

For nostalgia, let’s take a look at his best work as seen in the Kodak Carousal pitch to be reminded of what character Don Draper does when he is at his best:


“My first job.  I was in house at a fur company.   This old pro copywriter, Greek, named Teddy.   Teddy told me the most important idea in advertising is “new.”   It creates an itch.   You simply put your product in there as a kind of calamine lotion.   He also talked about a deeper bond with the product; nostalgia.   It’s delicate, but potent.   Teddy told me that in Greek, nostalgia literally means the pain from an old wound.   It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone.    This device isn’t a space ship.   It’s a time machine.   It goes backwards and forwards.   It takes us to a place where we ache to go again.   It’s not called The Wheel,  it’s called “The Carousel.”   It lets us travel the way a child travels; around and around and back home again to a place where we know we are loved.”

“Good luck at your next meeting.”


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