David Abbot wanted two very good account men at Doyle Dane Bernbach.

Sadly, David Abbott Dies at Age 75, and as Vinny Warren said, it's as if Advertising just lost its Mick Jagger. An elegant white haired Mick Jagger.

“I like to believe that when staff or clients move on from AMV, they take with them a conviction that advertising is an honorable and effective trade, that hard work can be exhilarating, that ambition doesn’t have to be cut-throat, that a good idea deserves reverence and that talent grows best in the sunshine of security and encouragement,” the elegant, silver-haired Abbott once said.

Whatever you think about advertising, David Abbot was a genius. One of the best ads that I know Abbot wrote is the one above, where David writes a want ad for two account men at Doyle Dane Bernbach. The writing is as effortless as it is clever, and I would really like to know who got the jobs. See also some of the ads that made David Abbot special.

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