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He’s Creative Director and Sr. VP of the biggest privately owned advertising agency in The Business. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Not if you’re the ambivalent Adam Leff and the snake who owns the agency is Louis Kingman II. Plus, Adam “finds himself”(One does not find oneself, Adam; one makes choices, his saintly therapist, Doctor Gruber, reminds him again and again) becoming resident playmate for Eleanor Kingman, Lou’s beautiful, willful young British wife; while at the same time fending off agency account management and their predictions of disaster if Adam insists upon going ahead with the TV campaign he’s created for the Pizza Perfect competitive presentation; plus, in the same few days, co-hosting Christmas dinner at the lavishly swagged, befirred and festooned Meerbach’s Rathskeller for a major client; in addition to his dutiful participation in the Agency’s extravagant Christmas party; and then Adam’s horror when he suddenly realizes that Lou has been recording his assignations with Eleanor and is determined to renege on his promise to pay her $5 million for marrying him, culminating in Adam’s desperate race to prevent Eleanor’s murder at Lou’s triplex apartment overlooking all of New York.
Born and bred in NYC. Public schools; HS of Music & Art.
When not drawing, played stickball every day until dark.
Rabid Brooklyn Dodger fan until they fled to CA; now afflicted with the NY Mets. Doomed. On to Syracuse U.; four years bowling at night, resting up during the day; classes a secondary concern.
Drafted into the US Army; two years discovering France.
First job-related foray when back: free-lance magazine gag cartooning; precarious existence. Saw a TV storyboard, wrote and boarded one, hired by Benton & Bowles; moved on to Grey... more