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stan frebergEarlier today someone reminded me about Stan Freberg. In case you don't know, he is a comedian, a singer, a recording artist, satirist, writer, puppeteer, and noted advertising creative director, acquiring 21 Clios during his long career. The guy changed the way commercials were made in the 50s and 60s, producing witty, often bizarre ads at a time when hard-sell was king. Whether it was pizza rolls, lawn mowers, prunes, candy bars, wieners, credit cards, soup, or TV dinners Stan was having fun. If these were on TV today I would happily watch these commercials.

He was also a master of parody, producing a long string of quite successful comedy records. My favorite is probably The Great Pretender, partly because of the quick nod to "Lullaby of Birdland".

He is also a subversive. His famous "Green Christmas" painted a picture of an overly-commercial holiday long before Charlie Brown and his pals gathered around that little tree.

My favorite story about him concerns his radio program, the short-lived "Stan Freberg Show". At a time when smoking was much more pervasive than today he wouldn't allow his program to be "bought by American Tobacco". The lack of ad revenue from such a reliably deep-pocketed source basically doomed the show but I admire his stance on the matter. He was way ahead of his time.

I'm not eulogizing Stan. Thankfully, he's still around. In fact, he's doing a book signing in Seattle this Saturday with his wife, Hunter. Check it out if you're in the area. It's free.


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