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BOB ALLINGHAM, RETIRED CH. 12 STATION MGR. DIES Funeral will be held 10:30AM, Saturday, August 27 at the Best Funeral Home, 501 East Dunlap in Phoenix.
PR EXEC DEE COURTWRIGHT-SMOOT PASSES AWAY - OBITUARY
REMEMBERING TUCSON AD FED PRESIDENTS: 1983 PHOTO HERE
CHECK OUT PATRICIA MYERS' WEBSITE MUSICSCENEAZ HERE
JACK MILLER, LEGENDARY PHOENIX AUDIO GENIUS DIES. STORY
PHIL STRASSBERG, WRITER, PR EXEC. PASSES AWAY OBITUARY
2016 REUNION BASH ANOTHER BIG SUCCESS! SEE PHOTOS HERE
DUANE SWANSON, A&M ASSOCIATES (U-HAUL), DIES OBITUARY
JIM TASZAREK, BROADCAST EXEC PASSES AWAY - STORY
VIC FIGARELLI, VETERAN VALLEY ADMAN DIES: OBITUARY
REMEMBERING BARBARA MAACK, PHOENIX MEDIA VETERAN OBIT
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MAURIE HELLE
ANDY LIMBER
JIM SULLINS
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RAY LINDSTROM
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MEDIA AND ADVERTISING VETERANS!
ARIZONA SURVIVORS
WHO ARE THE SURVIVORS?
27 years ago a group of ad types after a few pops one night started in with the "Whatever happened tos."  Names of old media folks no one had seen for a while.  Were they retired? Out of town? Dead?
    Somebody said, "Gee, wouldn't it be nice if we could get all the old timers together and see all the folks who have been in this exciting business for years, but have now scattered hither and yon?"
    "This business?" The media and advertising biz.  Folks in radio, TV, print, PR, and all forms of communication.    
    Some of these were celebrities like the local Disc Jockeys....Jim Spero, Lucky Lawrence, Tony Evans, Dave Pratt, W. Steven Martin. Or, TV people like Bill Close, Ray Thompson, Bill Denney, and of course, Wallace and Ladmo.
    But, most of the folks were behind the scenes. The account execs., production managers, engineers, writers, media buyers, clients who believed in advertising.  Some were still active; a whole bunch were retired.
    So, let's name names.  Who were these visionaries who wanted to form a group like this? Dee Courtright, Karen DeWall,  Jim Fraser, Maurie Helle, Carole Kann, and Lisa McFadden. 
    They started it, and since 1989, there has been a "reunion" of these old-timers, or should I say "Survivors," almost every year since.  That's the name we chose, the Arizona Survivors. And, those folks listed above have done most of the work, thank you very much.
    There are no membership applications, no dues, you don't have to prove to anybody that you belong.
    Who attends these annual reunions? Usually over 100 fun-lovin' guys and gals who love this business and want to keep in touch with one another. It's that simple. 
    If you haven't been to an annual gathering, we hope you'll come next time.  We miss you, and it's a blast!  In the meantime, enjoy this site, come often, and it will be like having a good time with your old friends, 365 days a year!
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Also be sure to take a look at Ed Sharpe's incredible site for the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications, and Computation: smecc.org
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2016 SURVIVORS REUNION BASH
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  She writes...

Old Days for me began in around 1968, I was hired by Douglass Hoppe Stone the Creative Director of the new Advertising Agency A&M Associates in downtown Phoenix, located in The Towers. This was to be the advertising agency for the UHaul Corportion that was moving headquarters from Portland Oregon.

Doug was replaced by Wayne Lanford Creative Director, Duane Swanson was president of the agency. I was Assistant Art Director. The art department had 5 artists, Wayne Horne, Ray Stewart, Randy Irvine, Gary Roberts and myself. We set out to bring in outside accounts and were successful in landing KOY Radio Gary Edens President, WR Schultz & Associates, a land development company, & Legend City to name a few. I worked closely with all these accounts as art director.

A side tangent, about this time I met and married Bill Kirkpatrick, we had our wedding party at Legend City, Bill was manager of Legend City.


After 7 years at A&M I went to Bozell and Jacobs Advertising, Wally Butterworth was president of the agency at that time. I was Creative Director and our top clients were, 1st Interstate Bank of Arizona , Salt River Project, APS, & Legend City. While working here I became involved in video and TV commercials with KPHO TV then the top independent Television station owned by Meredith Corporation.

There was a job opening at KPHO and I was hired by Ed Aiken as creative director. While at KPHO I was responsible for set design and art direction of TV shows and all the advertising associated with the station. Worked closely with all the directors and TV personalities of KPHO, Wallace and Ladmo, Rita Davenport, & The news crew.

About this time I revived the defunct Phoenix Art Directors Club, as president we worked to bring in noted speakers and to honor outstanding advertising in the Phoenix community. A great place to meet and greet your contemporaries in the advertising world.

KPHO started experimenting with animation for the station logo and I went to Denver to explore moving logos for the station, fell in love with the design medium of animation. Found a creative Directors job for an animation corporation, Peters Production in San Diego California. I was responsible for TV broadcasting on-air identities and station print advertising for TV stations around the United States.

Life changes brought me back to Phoenix, to work for a short period of time, Patten Agency, & Subia Corporation and then back to my first love, TV and ABCs KTVK owned by the Mcfarland family. Was hired as creative director and worked there till I went out on my own as a freelance designer and animator working with Bruce Peterson Photography.

Retired and living in Washington, still free lancing now and then but mostly traveling and enjoying where I am in life, have to say being a part of the advertising world in the early stages of the 60s through 80s was a defining experience, I was very fortunate to have bosses who were willing to teach and encourage me.

Follow me on our travel blog brucewpeterson.com some lovely photography and interesting places to see.
You can contact Wendi at wendigay@icloud.com


Wendi today
Wendi Kirkpatrick Peterson
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A&M Associates Right Ray Stewart, Wayne Horne, Wendi Kirkpatrick, Michelle, Randy Irvine, Wayne Lanford
Wendi and Randy for photo shoot
Office at Bozell and Jacobs
Duane Swanson and me A&M Associates