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Life and Death Go Hand In Hand

Mar 6, 2009 by     Comments Off on Life and Death Go Hand In Hand    Posted under: Brian James, Lou Dorfsman, Lyn Grasz


Life and death go hand in hand. No matter how we rail or celebrate, everything has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Good or bad…it’s what happens. Today’s Well Dunne! is about endings.

Just this morning, 48-year-old voice artist BRIAN JAMES of Scottsdale, died of a heart attack. Brian’s voice is one you are no doubt familiar with. He’s heard on radio and TV stations like Philly’s KYW and Phoenix’ KPHO. Known as the Voice Jihadist, Brian was a “bad boy”. Information on funeral arrangements or a memorial is unavailable now, but I’ll post when they come across.

When LOU DORFSMAN passed away, the world of graphic artists became dimmer. His light was bright and awesome. Lou, if you need a little gentle reminder, developed and shepherded the CBS corporate brand, considered by many marketers to be one of the top five most recognized in the world. A memorial is planned for Lou this Monday, March 9 at 6pm at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7th Avenue and Third Street, New York City. All are welcome to gather and celebrate Lew, who left us at age 90. Thank you, LYN GRASZ, for sharing this information with all of us.

Now, get out there today and do something life affirming. Eat dessert first and all that.

Think About This: “Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust – we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.” ~ Albert Einstein

Saturday November 8, 2008

Nov 8, 2008 by     Comments Off on Saturday November 8, 2008    Posted under: Lou Dorfsman, Lynn Grasz

Lou Dorfsman was a BDA Honorary Liftetime Member and the genius behind the CBS brand. Here’s information about HOW to preserve Lou’s legacy. Go to: www.karma411.com/campaign/savelouswall

and be sure to watch the video to see the birth of an idea.

HONOR THE LEGACY
Lou Dorfsman
(1918 – 2008)


On October 22, 2008, Lou Dorfsman passed away. Honor the Legacy of Lou Dorfsman by helping save his legendary typographic masterpiece, The “Gastrotypographicalassemblage.”

For 41 years, (1946 to 1987), along side William S. Paley and Frank Stanton, CBS SVP Lou Dorfsman ushered in the Golden Age of Broadcast Television. Managing design and advertising Lou Dorfsman sculpted a new medium and crafted the CBS brand; his creations deftly touched our lives, shaped our culture, and informed both our values and our beliefs.

Influencing countless aspects of CBS’s appearance, his taste and style were legendary. From the political convention floor to Walter Cronkite and the CBS News, from Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason, and I Love Lucy, to Mary Tyler Moore, Sixty Minutes, and The Walton’s; Dorfsman laid hands to them all.

One of Lou’s most notable creations was the CBS Cafeteria Wall, truly a National design treasure as renowned as its visionary designer and art director. The expansive Wall, completed in 1966, spans over 35’ in length and 8’ in height. Aptly dubbed the “Gastrotypographicalassemblage”, Lou considered the Wall his Magnum Opus, his gift to the world. Unceremoniously abandoned in the late ‘80’s, the walls 9 panels were salvaged by NY designer Nick Fasciano, however, time and storage has ravaged the monument leaving it in terrible disrepair.

The non profit foundation, The Center for Design Study, acquired the wall insuring its preservation. Now, engaged in fundraising to support the meticulous and extensive restoration; their goal – to see it on public display, as part of a traveling exhibition on American Design, a tool for education and expanded awareness to the value of intelligently applied design.

You can help preserve Lou’s legacy! Please contribute directly to this campaign to save Lou’s wall…all the proceeds go directly to restoring the wall. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

For more information:
Lynne M. Grasz
Grasz Communications

130 West 67 Street, Suite 25-C
New York City, NY 10023-5914
T: 212-873-5014 F: 212-873-1306

This is the 444th post on this blog!

Oct 27, 2008 by     2 Comments    Posted under: Donna Mills, Lou Dorfsman, Scott Grogin


The world of communications, marketing, branding and art has lost a pioneer. Following the end of WW2, LOU DORFSMAN joined CBS – the radio division. His role was making things look good – combinations of advertising, art and design. Working with WILLIAM GOLDEN, the man who created the iconic CBS EYE-d, Dorfsman later became design director for the entire CBS Corporation. He worked on campaigns included slogans and positioning lines, and he created such things as Walter Cronkite’s news set. Learn more about this one-of-a-kind Creative from the New York Times.

Expanding his role in the world of communications is Fox Networks Group’s SCOTT GROGIN who has been promoted to SVP/Communication. It’s all about the cable nets PR. Scott has a background in PR at Universal Studios Recreation Group, NBC, and Rachel McCallister & Associates, a publicity agency. Well Dunne!! Scott.

DONNA MILLS, no relation to the actress, is another promot-ee of note. Her new role puts her in the VP club, trading her Director position for VP/Marketing and Affiliate Relations at NBC. Her focus will be the syndicated series, like Jerry Springer, Steve Wilkos, Chris Matthews and Maury. She really knows the Maury side. She was director of affiliate relations and marketing for his show. The Ithaca College grad has spent time at ABC TV Net where she was also involved in affiliate communications. Her first TV job was with production company KCMP in NYC.

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