Former Ad Men Who Found Fame in Other Fields
Mad Men: It’s New York in the 1960s, and the men and women who work at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency are some of the top names in the industry. Writer and executive producer Matthew Weiner of The Sopranos fame is the man behind this 13-episode original series on AMC.
Celebrating the return of AMC’s Mad Men, I thought my readers would enjoy some real life Don Drapers. Those who were at one time part of the advertising industry and found fame in other fields. Ethan Trex, author of the Mental Floss Blog, provides this list in a recent post:
- James Patterson, NY Times bestselling thriller author of some 39 books.
- John Hughes, director of 1980 classic teen comedies.
- Dr. Seuss, writer of famed children’s books.
- F. Scott Fitzerald, among America’s greatest authors of all time.
- Salman Rushdie, famous British Indian novelist and essayist.
- Peter Hodgson, helped create Silly Putty.
- Helen Gurley Brown, three decades as editor of Cosmo.
- Sir Alec Guinness, actor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Herb Peterson, creator of the Egg MacMuffin.
- Gary Dahl, invented the Pet Rock.
Read Ethan’s entire post: 13 Former Ad Men Who Found Fame in Other Fields. Have an addition to the list? Add in the comment section below.