A few days ago, on Sunday, April 5’th 2015, just started the last installment of Mad Men franchise, one of the best TV shows ever aired. It is a general conclusion that it is one of the best because of the high professionalism of people involved and the awards it received up to this moment. I wanted to make an article after it ends, but there are still six more episodes to be seen from this final season, the seventh.
All actors were excited to meet again, they claim that one of the best things with this show is that they feel extremely good hanging out, at least on Jon Hamm‘s opinion. Jon Hamm is Don Draper, a complex, mysterious character, considered an advertising genius. Now, as a matter of trivia, after digging around, I found a compilation made by Aaron Taube for Business Insider, about which real life persons may be based “Don Draper” on.
One is Draper Daniels, (he got his name from him), the famous creator of the even more famous “Marlboro Man” campaign in the fifties. He died of cancer in 1983.
Another one may be Albert Lasker, considered to be the father of modern advertising. He helped the selling of Lucky Strike brand of cigarettes, themselves a character in the series. He is the one with the cigarettes being “toasted” idea (used by Don Draper in the show).
The third one is Emerson Foote, the “F” today agency FCB. He famously resigned from his post as chairman of McCann-Erickson (which exists in the show) in because he didn’t want to promote the sale of cigarettes. Draper wrote a whole page ad opposing tobacco selling after they lost the Lucky Strike contract. He died in 1992.
The fourth one is George Lois, who is resembling Don Draper physically, and has Draper’s aggressiveness. Unfortunately, he considers Draper a “talentless bum”. We’ll see how the show will develop. I like that the final is still kept a secret, but little can save the logical and not at all spectacular possibility that the hero dies at the end, don’t you think?
You have here a whole discussion about it, in this interview with Matthew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men and the writer of twelve “Sopranos” episodes.
Before ending this post, you have to know that Weiner is not pronounced like “wiener” even if it’s actually a variation of the sausage type, and Draper Daniels has nothing to do with the name of the character “Don Draper”.
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