Don Draper reminds me of the account executive at Grant Advertising who represented Dr Pepper when I was chosen to be “The Dr Pepper Girl”. At the tender age of 16, I only knew the ‘business’ side of my Don Draper, Mr. Robert Dillon. And Betty, Don’s ex-wife, reminds me of my neighbor on Grandview Blvd., Betty Sullivan, a blonde with a big attitude.
It’s all very familiar to me. The clothes, cars, furniture, mannerisms, corruption, cocktails, etiquette and double standards. The culture of the Sixties in America, always searching for the dream this country promises.
We see the Season 5 opener of Mad Men, after a 17-month absence, dealing with racial issues taken from an actual story in the Sixties of an ad agency, Young & Rubicam. It’s all too familiar. The time I spent in the South from 1963-1968 opened my idealistic eyes to the inequality of our Black population. Discrimination was rampant.
So… who thinks Mad Men should tell my unique story of becoming the “Dr Pepper Girl”, the years that I was their face and voice on television, radio, billboards, magazines, countless public appearances and even in movies where I did early product placement which ultimately led to me co-starring and singing in five films?
Do you agree? If you think, like I do, that this is a story that should be told, please post it on the Mad Men Facebook Page,
If you didn’t catch the Season 5 Premier, here it is: