The Arthur W. Page Society... images of the Skull and Bones come to mind. One imagines secret meetings where members hidden behind hoods invoke covenants and cast powerful spells on top of the relics of the Apostles themselves.
Nah. It’s just an association of PR execs. It does have some 340 members. And even with Rich Jerenstdt and Aedhmar Hynes among the its ranks, the organization is considered the crème-de-la-crème of the industry. Along with a few distinguished academics, membership is made up primarily of chief communications officers of Fortune 500 companies and the CEOs of the world's largest public relations agencies. Fact is, if there is ANY prestige left in the biz, that’d pretty much be it.
Well, the buzz is, they're about to release a white paper titled, "The Authentic Enterprise." We happen to get our hands on an advanced copy. Regrettably, it was a HUGE disappointment. What a mess. Excuse me but apparently poor Arty is the latest to catch the highly communicable Webfluenza.
Anyway, if you haven’t gotten your shot or haven't yet been otherwise inoculated, here are a few questions we recommend you load up on before you expose yourself, i.e. in the spirit of an ounce of prevention and all.
QUESTIONS FOR ROGER BOLTON, PRESIDENT, ARTHUR W. PAGE SOCIETY
1. Can you confirm that the motive of the paper was "to create exciting new career paths" (p. 10)?
For those who whine about blogging transparency: My real name is Bruce Pilgrim. (You wouldn’t make up something like that.)
I'm in my mid-50's, having slogged through a long and extinguished career in PR, marketing, journalism, and idleness. I go about 180, roughly 6' tall, with poor hand-eye coordination, graying hair, and small flabby manboobs. (You wanted transparency, didn't you?)
Want more? I'm a secular humanist, male heterosexual mammal, liberal Democrat, tree-hugging proponent of socialized medicine, getting the hell out of Iraq ASAP, and increasing income taxes to get the budget back into some semblance of balance. I live outside of Cincinnati with my spouse and two cats. I drive a 2003 Taurus (because I can't afford a Prius.) I think Macs are better than PCs, and I sometimes wonder if there might be something to that astrology thing. (A barmaid once insisted on knowing my sign, and when I refuse to tell her, she said "You must be a Leo.)
On Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 7:41 AM, Ronn Torossian, President and CEO of 5WPR, emphatically promised that he was going to sue us. No real reason, he was just irritated by our teasing him about getting in bed with pornographer Joe Francis. Anyway, Ronn gave his obscenity-laced word that we'd see the complaint in 72 hours. It's now late by
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