Suspect is hit by a Ford
Think selling space isn't a dangerous profession? Try telling that to Lance Ford. The publisher of Maxim, in Boston to call on advertisers, was stepping out of a cab when he heard shouts of "Stop that guy." He saw a man being chased by cops. Ford blocked the alleged bad guy with his shoulder, causing him to stumble and drop what may have been a gun. The suspect then jumped out into the street. Already hit by a (Lance) Ford, he was then hit by a car and crumpled to the ground. For putting his life on the line for America, the bruised, British-born Ford didn't get so much as a pat on the back from Boston's finest.
Much a 'do about nothing
George Zimmer, the gravelly voice of Men's Wearhouse, has a swell head. Of hair. After people in focus groups said they were sure he was wearing a rug, Zimmer and agency Red Ball Tiger, San Francisco, did a campaign dispelling myths -- the Wearhouse is not a warehouse, and the boss doesn't wear a toupee. Is he pulling the wool over us? Adages asked a source who's worked with Zimmer. "I don't know," source says. "I do know that whatever it is, it's great hair." On shoots, Zimmer has been known to bring in his own stylist to pouf up the 'do in a private dressing room. OK, we'll say it's real. He guarantees it.
Staples in paper . . . Dell in Europe
Advertisers often put pressure on mags and papers to kill controversial content. How refreshing to see Staples do the opposite. The Westborough, Mass., retailer helped Boston Globe columnist and accidental plagiarist Mike Barnicle keep his job by letting the paper know it would be a less attractive ad vehicle without him. . . . Dell extends its JWT brand campaign to Europe in October.
Compiled by Bradley Johnson with news from Mercedes M. Cardona, Alice Z. Cuneo, Scott Donaton, Ann Marie Kerwin and Carol Krol.
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