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Celebrating the Work of a 100-Year-Old Illustrator

It should be a grand old time tomorrow night at the Museum of the City of New York. That’s because among those expected for the McCauley “Mac” Conner exhibit opening night party is the man himself, age 100.

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From the exhibit notes:

Conner grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry.

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Mad Men Star Ribs London Hotel

The conversation for the Jon Hamm British GQ September cover story took place at New York’s Mandarin Hotel.

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But for Alice Howarth‘s more recent Web sidebar, it was a London boutique hotel with the seemingly perfect name for the occasion. So that’s where the conversation started:

GQ: Is it a coincidence that we’re in the Ham Yard Hotel?

Jon Hamm: [Laughs] it is a coincidence! They spelled it wrong which is retarded, I mean, come on you guys! No double m, what a shame. I can see a gold pineapple from my room on the roof of another building, so it’s like ham and pineapple – very Hawaiian.

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Saturday Evening Post Goes Retro for Mad Men Cover

Sharif Tarabay, the artist responsible for the March/April 2014 cover of The Saturday Evening Post, is thrilled. Because while he has in the past done Norman Rockwell-inspired work, this is the first time such an illustration has adorned the latter’s eponymous publication:

“I’ve done many illustrations inspired by Rockwell’s classic covers throughout my career,” says the painter. “To illustrate a cover for The Saturday Evening Post based on one of Rockwell’s paintings - Window Washer – is a thrill and a highlight of my career.”

Here’s that original Rockwell illustration, which appeared in the September 17, 1960 issue:

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Omaha Tourism Team Huddles Up with Peyton Manning

Our first thought after reading Christopher Heine‘s fun Adweek summary of some very opportunistic Mile-High Midwestern marketing is how different Don Draper‘s day-to-day would be if he was dealing with the mad 21st century millisecond world. Our second thoughts were: well done @VisitOmaha, semi-well done @OmahaSteaks.

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In case you don’t watch or care about NFL football, “Omaha! Omaha!” – a battle cry uttered throughout a Sunday playoff game by the Manning brother still playing this season – was seized on by both aforementioned Twitter accounts. Because that’s how a savvy brand-baller rolls:

Call it one of the most random tourism marketing moments ever. And those [@VisitOmaha) re-tweet and favorite numbers are pretty good.

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Mad Men Filming Disrupted by LAX Shooting

The AMC series films a great deal of it scenes in downtown Los Angeles at LA Center Studios. But today, for its first bit of new-season production, the program was on location at LAX.

FranklinAvenueLogoTV Guide west coast bureau chief Michael Schneider spied some tweets by a key grip who works on the show and wrote up an item on his personal blog, Franklin Avenue. It’s unclear who else was involved in the scene being staged at a Terminal 4 arrivals tunnel, and in the grand scheme of today’s Terminal 3 tragedy, this is a very minor aspect of the chaos.

However, the reason this minor aspect resonates a bit more for us than other minor aspects is that the great majority of U.S. mass shootings have taken place after the decade in which Mad Men is set. Don Draper, in this context, is lucky enough to belong to a time when schools, post offices, movie theaters and the like were much safer.

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Who Should Play Johnny Carson in the NBC Miniseries?

Our first thought was Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. But, as a fellow ew.com reader replied to us in the comments, we had the right show but wrong actor. If anyone on the AMC-TV series were to be pegged to embody the original crown prince of late night talk, this person argued, it should be John Slattery.

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The challenge for the makers of this week’s announced NBC series, based on the delayed, forthcoming bio by Bill Zehme, is to find someone who can both sort of look like Johnny and sort of sound like him as well. In The Late Shift, Rich Little played Carson but because he could only carry one half of the challenge, he did not really score a full hit.

We’ve been giving this more thought. Truly, figuring out who could, should play Carson prior to the producers of the miniseries making their choice known is this year’s most fun casting parlor game. Our new suggestion for the Carson role, as of this afternoon, is…

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Newsweek Unveils ‘Mad Men’ Issue

The new season of “Mad Men” is almost upon us, and like we mentioned, Newsweek is doing its best to get us in the mood. The completely 1960-ish issue is on newsstands now and if you go to Newsweek’s site, it offers a scaled down, retro version to peruse.

We also recommend viewing all of the great revamped ads in the issue via Ad Age. Our favorite? One for Johnnie Walker Red, which promises that “You’ll be glad you said Johnnie Red.”

Newsweek to Debut ‘Mad Men’ Issue

Score one for often-criticized Newsweek. According to Ad Age, the March 19 issue of the magazine will be revamped back to its 1960s look for a special “Mad Men” edition. Tina Brown told Ad Age that Newsweek and the show are a perfect match.

‘Newsweek was very much on the cultural forefront at the time of the show. It covered the events that are so much of the background for the show’s drama — the burgeoning civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, the Vietnam War. That was Newsweek’s cutting-edge beat and its flourishing journalistic subject. So it seemed like a wonderful marriage in a sense to take that and apply it to the magazine, to make the magazine an homage to the period.’

The issue will feature a cover story on “Mad Men” (premiering March 25!!!) and content on how advertising has impacted America. Newsweek is also hoping any advertisers for the issue will adhere to the 1960s designs that will be employed throughout the magazine.

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The New York Review of Books Blasts Mad Men

In the February 24th issue of The New York Review of Books, Daniel Mendelsohn takes a critical look at Mad Men. If you haven’t watched all the episodes yet, don’t read it or this, because there are spoilers. If you have, take a few minutes and read Mendelsohn’s piece, and then come back here to see why he’s completely wrong.

Mendelsohn takes issue with almost everything about the show, and finds himself searching for why anyone likes it. But most of the article is spent on attacking the writing, which left us wondering if he watched the same show we did. Mendelsohn’s main problem seems to be that the writing doesn’t delve deeply enough into the issues at hand:

Most of the show’s flaws can, in fact, be attributed to the way it waves certain flags in your face and leaves things at that, without serious thought about dramatic appropriateness or textured characterization.

Anyone who has seen the show knows that sometimes things seem squeezed together, but isn’t that exactly how life happens? Thoroughly discussed emotions and events rarely happen in real life, so why does Mendelsohn expect it to happen in a TV show?

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On The Menu: Taking A Look Back At The Year In Media Jobs

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The Primetime Emmys were the biggest news of the day on today’s media- bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, along with talk about the rapidly growing number of media jobs lost over the past year and the Google book settlement.

Hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven talked about last night’s award show and its biggest winners, “30 Rock” and “Mad Men,” two shows based in the media world of network television and advertising.

Matt and Jason also discussed today’s report in Editor & Publisher that revealed that journalists have been losing their jobs at three times the rate of the average worker. “It’s not just journalists,” who are affected by the recent recession, Matt pointed out. “It’s the entire print industry.”

According to the report, 35,885 news media jobs have been lost since September 15, 2008, with the majority — 24,511 — falling in newspaper and print journalism industry. But is this a new trend? Matt doesn’t think so. “I imagine if you look back to 2005 or 2004, you would see the trend beginning maybe back then,” he said. “Maybe on a smaller scale, but the writing is certainly on the wall for a lot of publications.”

Also discussed: why the FCC has asked a federal court judge to reject the Google books settlement and the implications of the settlement being approved or rejected.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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