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RIP Ed Koch, Master of Media Relations

This morning marked the passing of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. We weren’t around when he was patrolling the city, and he didn’t go for the big-money advocacy of Michael Bloomberg or the “bad cop” bluster of Rudy Giuliani. But he was a master of media relations. Always ready with a quip for the press corps, he knew how to work reporters to get his message out. In honor of his life, we would like to join others in posting some of his best quotes.

  • On public relations: “I’m the sort of person who will never get ulcers. Why? Because I say exactly what I think. I’m the sort of person who might give other people ulcers.”
  • On damage control: “You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it’s good for one’s self-respect to be a punching bag.”
  • On messaging: “Tone can be as important as text.”
  • On career advice: “Enjoy what you’re doing or don’t do it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t difficult or won’t challenge you, but if you are involved in something that’s causing you to say, ‘Why am I doing this?’ then you’re in the wrong business.”
  • On politics: “If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist.”
  • On falling out of favor with the public (and losing elections): “People get tired of you. So they decided to throw me out. And so help me God, as the numbers were coming in, I said to myself, ‘I’m free at last.’”
  • On privacy: “Whether I am straight or gay or bisexual is nobody’s business but mine.”
  • On Donald Trump: “Piggy, piggy, piggy.
  • On mortality: “I had a conversation with God: ‘Take me totally or don’t take me. No salami tactics.’ He’s been very good about it.”
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Famous New Yorkers Join Marriage Equality Campaign

Miss New York Claire Buffie is just the latest NY celeb to join the Human Rights Campaign’s effort “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality.” Notable names including Sen. Chuck Schumer, former Mayor Ed Koch, Russell Simmons, and Joan Rivers have  all appeared in videos for the campaign in support of same-sex marriage. Republicans in New York’s State Senate voted unanimously against legalizing same-sex marriage in 2009. Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would try to make marriage equality the law before the state legislature breaks in June.

Ed Koch’s Advice: ‘Never Walk Away from a Reporter’

The advice above was given to Cathie Black, Hearst Magazine’s chairman and New York Mayor Bloomberg’s selection for the next schools chancellor. Black and the Mayor have been met with a lot of opposition to the selection.

New York’s former Mayor Ed Koch offered these words of wisdom as Black tries to make nice with some of the officials she hopes will support her appointment. The outreach also includes endorsement letters from business leaders, the NY Times says. A panel has formed to mull over the matter.

Lloyd Trufelman, president of Trylon SMR worked with the mayor years ago and calls this a “six-word expert tutorial in media relations.”

“Koch had an instinctive approach to dealing with reporters – quick response, no nonsense, short, genuine, from the gut quotes that were often colorful,” he told PRNewser via e-mail. “It was just who he was and at least for the bulk of his mayoralty, the press loved it.”

For those unfamiliar with the former mayor, here he is straight-talkin’ it up in one of the series of YouTube videos he makes reviewing movies. Not sure what that’s about, but OK.

PondelWilkinson Picks Up George Medici

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Los Angeles investor relations firm added George Medici as SVP this week, while promoting former Los Angeles Times reporter Ron Neal to Vice President.

Medici was one of several high level execs spun out of Porter-Novelli during a period of upheaval at the Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) division in summer 2008. He also carries the distinction on this blog as having the best Christmas trees ever.

Medici spent the first couple years of his career in the press offices of both New York mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins before joining the agency world.