Monthly Archives: July 2008

The Truth About ‘Mad Men’ Told by a Real-Life ‘Mad’ Woman

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Advertising Great Mary Wells takes a good hard look at AMC’s Golden Globe-winning hit ‘Mad Men’ and tells us what the glory days of advertising were really like.

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Letter to a Dead Great-Aunt: A Personal Memoir

Did you ever want to write a letter to someone dead? What would you say? This is what I wrote to my Great-Aunt Celia. Sheila Nevins New York City United States of America July 2008 Great-Aunt Celia Mount Zion Cemetery: Section 43 Queens, New York United States of America Dear Great-Aunt Celia, It is nearly […]

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Mary Wells: Evolution or Adoption?

Natural evolution works. A 70-year-old woman giving birth to a child doesn’t work. Unless she knows she is unusual and will live to be a vigorous 90, she is assuming she will be giving the child away at some stage. Adoption is a wonderful thing but to plan it before conceiving is so unnatural it […]

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The Decade Ahead for Mary Wells

My past is full of mistakes I wouldn’t dream of repeating – the big ones and those little ones like those apricot silk draperies I couldn’t afford for my first apartment. I look forward to tomorrow and next year because the beauty of aging is that you do get wiser.

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One Year Ago Today: Fireworks on the French Riviera

We don’t celebrate the Fourth of July in Europe. My children assumed the French were stupid about fireworks and throughout the years I hid a lot of them in my suitcases when we flew from New York to our house in Cap Ferrat for summer vacations. I sold that house and exchanged it for a […]

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Mary Wells Is Home

While sailing around British Columbia I fell in love, first with a whale called Ruffles, 59 years old and still going strong in every way, and then with Vancouver and its sea-green glass towers with their feet almost in the clean and clear sea-green sea – edged by a beautiful green park. And just across […]

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What Do Birthdays and George W. Bush Have in Common for Mary Wells?

As I keep saying, I don’t believe birthdays are good for my health. I don’t think George is good for my health either.

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Mary Wells’s Meaning of Motherland

Patriotism, to me, is like loving your family. You will defend them, nourish them, do whatever you can to make them better, try to understand them even when they drive you mad and you will always love them and be there for them when it matters.

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Mary Wells: Frequent Fliers Make Fast Friends

My husband ran airlines and created hotels around them. When we married he had taken control of Braniff and my agency had the joy of redoing the entire airline. It was one of the best jobs I ever had. But best of all, as Braniff was the air transport for the Dallas Cowboys, my daughters […]

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