Ernest Hemingway said, “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector.” I agree. All great advertising begins with being honest — to yourself, to your clients, to your customers.

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An advertising copywriter for 30 years, I began my career in Providence at Horton, Church & Goff, then New England’s third largest agency. From there I jumped to Boston, where I was a key player at Arnold, Hill Holliday and other prominent agencies. I have created a broad range of copy/concepts for more than 200 national, regional and local clients — including BASF, Boston Gas, Cains, Connecticare, Fidelity Investments, Gillette, McDonald's, the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, Near East Foods, New Balance, the New England Aquarium, NYNEX, Polaroid and Ragu.


My range encompasses print ads, television commercials, radio spots, video scripts, positioning lines, product/service names, Internet banner ads, Web copy, direct mail, brochures, annual reports, advertorials, and trade articles for both consumer and business-to-business clients. My work won several hundred major international, national and regional awards, including numerous COMMUNICATION ARTS, CLIO, ONE SHOW, ANDY, ART DIRECTORS CLUB, HATCH and LONDON INTERNATIONAL AWARDS. I'm pretty certain that number would be more than a thousand by now had $150 to $250 entry fees not kept me from boycotting all award shows since 1993. I now have more pressing financial needs — fertilizer, bird seed, root canals, college tuition, and so on.


In addition to my advertising career, I have licensed numerous concepts for calendars, greeting cards and t-shirts. Among these successes are a popular graduation card called Sumo Cum Laude and an off-the-wall 2007 wall calendar called Sumo Day Jobs, the latter featuring sumo wrestlers in unlikely professions such as rock star, figure skater, dog trainer, and umpire.


In the spring of 2007, I launched a line of irreverent, provocative Jewish greeting cards. Called Jewish FunnyBone, the line is being sold to card stores throughout the United States and Canada as well as online.


The following spring, the line was expanded to include a series called Bible Libel, an offbeat collection of Biblical parodies that also targets a Christian audience


In my spare time, I have written two novels, the first of which — Roll Over, Hitler! — won the Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal for Popular Fiction in 2011. The second will be published in 2013. A graduate of Clark University, I have continued my formal education through post-graduate studies that include creative writing workshops at Simmons College and art history courses at the Worcester Art Museum. I'm married, have three children, one dog, 22 tropical fish and a burgeoning population of  increasingly tame squirrels and chipmunks in my backyard, which I occasionally feed peanuts by hand.
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