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More of Jack Byrne’s True Confessions in the making.

My brother, the shipper …

These will be stories of having a protective and combative  older brother all your life who inspired and supported and  then died at least 20 years before his time . I remember him astride Buppo, my grandparent’s German Shepherd, his beret worn proudly and his leggings locked around the patient beast’s belly. I remember him [...]

Diving for Delight and Danger.

As intoxicating as cocaine and as stimulating to the brain, my most fulfilling experiences have been those spent a dozen or two fathoms under the surface of the sea. Here, I will tell of memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Some of the more memorable were diving with Skeet LaChance [...]

King of the Capers!

This will be the story of helping an apartment building neighbor capture a contract from one of the largest chemical companies in Germany, using an imaginary Board of Advisors and an old Rolex watch. The company was Giulini Chemie Gmbh in Mundenheim, south of  Ludwigshafen. The neighbor was a King.

Seaman stories …

These will be stories of working with Seaman Brothers brothers (Morty and Carl), and about Steve Gordon “10% off for love” commercials, Christian Cooper and Michel Davenport’s radio spokespersons, etc.     (To come) 23 Love Discount 24 Marathon Sale

In the beginning ….

… there was Henry Beirne (later Byrne) professing his love in a way that shamed all of us that “was to folla”  wearing his genes. Translation of the message: “This is to certify I willingly profess that Ellen Kiernan is the only girl I love, and have ever loved purely and sincerely; and in professing [...]

You are Pierre La Mure !!!

This is about a woman who, once  her two boys were old enough to not need her guidance,  went to work as a telephone operator in Curtis Brown Ltd., famed British-owned literary agency. And, with less than a complete high school education,  became literary agent to Pierre LaMure, Ogden Nash, S. J. Perleman and others. Her name? [...]

Going Gaga!

This is the story of my younger son, Kareem Devlin and of a father’s pride watching his  work effort lead him to be “Jesus”, lead guitarist for Lady Gaga. (Story to come)

The Rich and the Famous

Here are people I have known well enough to be worth a story. I hope to write about all of them in posts to come: Ray Abruzzi (Bachelor’s III), Joey Adams (Columnist), Debbie Allen and Phylicia Allen (sisters with separate success paths), Woody Allen (sometime clarinetist), Fran Allison (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), Hardy Amies (Designer), [...]

The First Muggee….

This is the story of interrupting a 40-year record of  non-molestation on one of the U.S. Army’s finest camps. Plus a few highlights of life in Army Intelligence. Fort Meade Md (See last segment of post ”I GET A KICK OUT OF HUGH … AND YOU … AND YOU (in Snort Stories))

My son, the producer…

This is the story of my older son – a courageous entrepreneur who moved to an Island paradise and created and published every golfer’s dream magazine, the Maui Golf Review, created his own golf TV series, Da Game, and has embarked on a four-month solo bike tour of Southeast Asia and has lived (so far) [...]

A Bunch of Clucks …

This is the story of how Jack Byrne Advertising failed to get the chicken farmer’s account even though ten-years later, at Regine’s,  Frank Perdue introduced Jack as “The genius who knew I should do my own commercials five minutes after he met me!” (Story to come)

The Cotton Wars …

This is the story of how the growers and commodity brokers went to war over foreign sales and fought it over the body of the head of Cotton Incorporporated, Dukes Wooters,  and how Jack enlisted the aid of “The Old Timer” to resolve the combat. (Story to come) 61 _The More Cotton The Better_

“Too tied up to talk …”

How Jack called Tony Bennett’s agent in a huff and was told by his secretary that she was “too tied up to talk…” Jack was less offended the next morning when he found out the agent’s office had been  in the process of being robbed and she was truly tied up (to her chair) by the [...]

Trumped by the Trumps

How Jack and his partner son, John, created a brilliant campaign for Williams Island behalf of the owner who had called Jack a “Genius” for making him millions of dollars only to have the campaign rejected by the owner’s teen-aged daughter. (Story to come)

Ad Life’s a Beach!

This is the story of how Jack Byrne and Stan Kovics took their creative challange to Puerto Rico and created an entire 20-ads campaign for Barney’s while playing in the sand, in the casino and in bed,  and then won the CLIO for the best print advertising in America. (Story to come)

Cast of Thousands!

This is story of how Jack Byrne and Rocky Graziano cooked up a scheme to get a couple of thousand “actors” to work 12 hours for a Lee Myles Tee Shirt. (Story to Come with photos by Julius Spedale) m