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The Original Mad Men - Why I love this #Advertising Business

Wed, August 07, 2013

by DeAnna DeCaluwe, Account Executive, Creative Communication & Design

Angela and Tony. Samantha and Jonathon. I still remember the names of these characters not only because I loved the show, but because they played such a gigantic role in my childhood development.

Who’s the Boss was a show loved by millions. To me, it was much more than a show. From 1984 to 1992, Angela was my idol. For those of you who do not recall, Angela (played by Judith Light) was an advertising guru. She stayed up late, writing jingles for her newest clients. She continually juggled her family life with her professional career – and she managed to do it all with a smile on her face.

Well, with a little help from Tony (Tony Danza), her housekeeper, of course.

During this time, Angela was the embodiment of the “new age” woman. The gender role reversal portrayed was intriguing and made me believe that I, as a career woman, could indeed have it all. And if advertising was as half as fun as Angela made it seem, well, I knew I needed to be part of it. 

Today, many years later, I am proud to say I have become this “new age” woman that I always wanted to be. I juggle a family and a career in this advertising business that I love, somehow managing to keep a plethora of balls in the air simultaneously without falling. I do have a little help from my own version of Tony Danza and, while he isn’t the greatest housekeeper, he manages to keep me grounded through sound advice and continuous support.

So, to Judith Light and all those involved in making Who’s the Boss, I thank you. You gave millions of little girls something to strive for – and you helped one in particular find a career that she loves. 

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