Those of you who are regular readers of high50 will know that we have been announcing our 50 over 50. high50’s incredibly subjective list of our favourite people over the age of fifty.
Bill Bernbach. 100 last week.
In conjunction with YouGov, we’ll be taking votes on the list. high50 will be announcing the ‘winners’ next week.
Currently it looks like Linton Kwesi Johnson and Nigella Lawson are going to come in ahead of Barak Obama. And Tom Ford is a strong contender too. He turns fifty at the end of this month. We are sooooo excited.
But a thought has occurred. Wouldn’t it be fun to do a 50 over 50 for UK advertising? ‘50 OVER 50 MADMEN.’ According to a recent IPA survey, only 5.6 per cent of people working in advertising are over fifty. So it might be hard to find that many! But we’re going to give it a go. So here’s how its going to work…
Over the next month we’ll be taking nominations for the list. Your nominations. Please leave them here in the comments section. Along with a short paragraph on why you have nominated the person in question.
Anyone over fifty is eligible. So long they’re still in fully engaged in the business. So, for instance, Mark Jarvis at 7 Stars who turned fifty on 4 August and has been desperately trying to keep it a secret, is definitely eligible. We might bung a few clients in too. So don’t hold back.
In a months time we’ll go through the list, and compile a top fifty. There may be prizes. For both the nominated and the nominators. There may be a party. We haven’t figured that out yet.
But there is no time to lose. (These people are over fifty. They may not be around for ever.) So send us your nominations now. Your favourite, most admired, most creative, most persuasive, most mischievous, most unsung, most fancied, most rich, most legendary people working in the ad business over the age of fifty.
They could be in the boardroom. They could be in the postroom. But are they going to be in high50’s ‘50 OVER 50 MADMEN’ ?
Meanwhile, for those of you who enjoy the advice of our toptipsforgirls community, here’s a vaguely relevant one. I am having sex with a person I work with who is twice my age, old enough to be my dad. I am in love with him but he is married, and will not leave his wife for me. What shall I do?