04/14/2014 11:22 am ET Updated Apr 14, 2014

My Parents, The Real Mad Men


My father saw one episode of Mad Men and refused to watch any more. “You don’t make great ads by drinking and screwing all day!” was his angry objection to a show that he felt insulted the work he’d given his best years to.

As creative director at the Detroit ad agency Campbell-Ewald during precisely the same years that Mad Men portrays, my father, Thomas Murray, had poured his heart into making better advertising for what was the biggest client in the world, General Motors.

And now some TV creeps were going to use all that as a stylish backdrop for a drama about decadence?

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