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Edition, Dec. 22, 2004, Page 1
C&W GOES TO WORK FOR
Chiron Corp., the
biopharmaceutical company responsible for the loss of half
the nation's flu vaccine supply, has hired Omnicom's Clark
& Weinstock to handle policy and legislative matters.
regulators shut down Chiron's Liverpool plant in October
after they found contaminated vaccines, and the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration completed its own probe the same
which is based in Emeryville, Calif., announced Dec. 10
that it had received a "warning letter" from the
FDA demanding more information about the work to correct
the Liverpool facility. The company must respond by the
end of the year.
Fazio, the former Democratic Congressman, heads C&W's
PA team. Other members include Ed Kutler, a former aide
to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Dirksen Lehman, who
was President Bush II's special assistant for legislative
affairs, and Sandi Stuart, who was Fazio's chief of staff.
STAR POWER TO EDELMAN.
Camille DeSantis, who this year was lauded as an industry
rising star by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Assn., has
joined Edelman as executive VP-creative director. She was
senior VP-group creative director at Corbett Accel Healthcare
Nancy Turett, president/global director of Edelman's health
unit, is eager to apply DeSantis brand building expertise
to her roster of pharmaceutical, devices and provider clients.
DeSantis also will work with Mark Deitch, global managing
director of Edelman's bioscience communications operation.
OGILVY STILL WORKS
Ogilvy, which picked up Pfizer's embattled Celebrex and
Bextra pain medications last month, is still working on
the account, according to Sherry Pudloski, co-managing director
of the WPP Group unit's health and medical practice.
Pfizer CEO Henry McKinnell decided to yank consumer advertising
and promotions for Celebrex.
The New York-based pharmaceutical giant spent $70 million
for Celebrex ads during the first nine months of this year.
The company says it is committed to Celebrex though a report
released Dec. 16 linked high doses of Celebrex to greater
heart attack risks.
Pudloski told O Dwyer's she could not talk in detail about
Ogilvy's work for the Pfizer drugs.
WILLIAMS TO PAY
Lou Williams and his firm, L.C. Williams & Associates,
Chicago, will pay 60% of a "nominal" award of
$18,345 given to former IABC COO Elizabeth Allan in her
lawsuit against Williams and IABC.
IABC will pay the remainder, according to a jury verdict
reached Dec. 15.
"I m gratified, I think the jury did a thorough job,"
IABC will pay 40% of the $18,345 award for failing to properly
supervise Williams, whose speech to the American Society
of Assn. Executives in 2002 caused "post speech trauma"
to Allan. She had sought $10 million from Williams but agreed
to limit this to $1 million after he agreed to accept court
service in Chicago.
IABC is based in San Francisco and the case was heard by
State Superior Court there.
The Williams presentation to ASAE had described the financial
problems at IABC caused by its $1 million investment in
the abortive website called "TalkingBusinessNow."
Allan is now president of the California Water Environment
Assn. Her salary is $121,000, according to court documents.
BIG TELECOM MERGER.
Sprint and Nextel relied on counsel from two seasoned corporate
PR firms for the announcement of their $35 billion "merger
of equals" last week.
Kekst & Co. counseled Sprint and Citigate Sard Verbinnen
advised Nextel for the deal, according to Sprint senior
VP Bill White.
The merger, slated for completion in the second half of
2005, is seen more as Sprint (the distant No. 3 carrier
to Cingular and Verizon) acquiring Nextel but it creates
a $40 billion entity with 35 million customers that could
be poised to compete on the level with the two cellular
Edition, Dec. 22, 2004, Page 2
OVAITT THINKS BIG AT
Frank Ovaitt says he is "not trying to have any small
thoughts" in his plan to put his own stamp on the Institute
for Public Relations as he takes over the helm from Jack
Felton, who headed the group for a decade.
The McLean, Va.-based counselor, who forged the Institute's
five-year plan after interviewing the group's 30 trustees,
described the goal of "focusing on the science beneath
the art of PR" during an interview with O Dwyer's.
Ovaitt plans to steer the Institute beyond its "measurement
and evaluation" orientation by probing categories,
such as internal and international PR. "Research knows
no international boundaries," he said.
Part of the Institute's program of "mainstreaming
the body of knowledge," is to zero in on executives
from PR firms.
The Institute debuts its "PR Leadership Forum"
in Atlanta (Jan. 26-28). The PRLF is an outgrowth of the
Institute's "PR Executive Forum" that "grooms"
executives for top corporate positions. The PRLF is open
to 30 executives from agency or Fortune 500 staffers
who can pick up the $2,250 fee. They will hear presentations
from luminaries, such as Burson-Marsteller's Harold Burson,
Al Golin (GolinHarris), Tom Martin (ITT Industries), Margery
Kraus (APCO Worldwide), Gary Grates (General Motors), Bill
Nielsen (Johnson & Johnson), Kathy Cripps (Council of
PR Firms) and Nancy Turett (Edelman). Ovaitt said the Council
is funding the PRLF along with Arthur Page Society, which
footed the tab for the EFs.
Ovaitt also wants professors to get "real-life"
experiences. Summer internships for professors at PR firms
are one of the items that Ovaitt wants to probe.
FENTON RAPPED AS FEARMONGER.
David Fenton is dubbed "media maestro of the left"
and a "scare specialist" in the December issue
of Capital Research Center's Organization Trends.
The article recounts the "greatest hits" chalked
up by Fenton Communications, Washington, D.C., in its 22-year
history, including the `89 warning that Alar-tainted apples
trigger cancer program on behalf of the Natural Resources
FC also unveiled the legendary "What Would Jesus Drive"
push for the Evangelical Environmental Network in `04, insinuating
that driving gas-guzzling SUVs was downright un-Christian.
Jason Vines, a transportation PR pro, rapped Fenton for
a "track record of creating a crisis out of thin air."
Terrence Scanlon is president of CRC. He was VP-corporate
relations at the right-wing Heritage Foundation, and chaired
the Consumer Products Safety Commission in President Reagan's
second term. Washington, D.C.-headquartered Crosby Vollmer
International Communications is CRC's PR firm.
Fenton has not returned a call, though a staffer said the
OT article "was passed around."
SPARRING OVER ANIMAL
AgriProcessors Inc., a top kosher slaughterhouse and beef
marketer in the U.S., is reaching out to its buyers and
the media in the wake of a potentially damaging People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals campaign against its kosher
slaughter practices. Parallel to that effort, a coalition
of rabbis and certifying entities for the shehita
the kosher way of killing animals for food has engaged
a Brooklyn-based PR firm, Lubicom Marketing Consulting,
to rebut PETA's efforts.
The animal rights group sent in an undercover staffer to
work at AgriProcessors meat packing plant in Postville,
Iowa, to secretly film the "sloppy" slaughter
of cows, apparently under shehita oversight. PETA says that
shehita slaughter, while guided by twice the oversight of
normal meat processing, is still a cruel form of processing
Menechem Lubinsky, president of Lubicom, told O'Dwyer's
past campaigns likening cattle slaughter to a "bovine
holocaust" and PETA criticizing Yasser Arafat for allegedly
using a donkey to deliver a bomb in Israel, without condemning
the bombing itself, show the group's "radical"
Lubinsky said he was not working for AgriProce ssors, but
noted the work for the rabbis is definitely "alongside
what they are saying."
GIRLPR IS A ONE
OF A KIND FIRM.
Christina Ablaza, head of GirlPR, whose clients are mostly
owners of nightclubs and bars, said the agency is "not
the conventional PR firm."
Ablaza, 38, said the firm "only does social events"
for their clients. The firm's website, www.girlpr.com, heralds
the agency as a "one of a kind PR company for women
"Having worked for a number of companies dealing with
PR as well as marketing and coordinating events we found
ourselves dealing with many sophisticated women who were
seeking something different in regards to providing them
informative info and creative options when it came to where
they spent their social time," the website states.
Ablaza, who was reached at the firm's offices in Dix Hills,
N.Y., said she had previously worked as a freelance publicist
in Toronto for AT&T, and before that as a customer relations
representative for the Bank of Montreal.
When she came to the U.S., she got a job with VIP Guest
List.com before opening GirlPR about three years ago.
Ablaza said the modus operandi is to e-mail invitations
to a list of about 50,000 people when an event is planned
at a client's club or lounge. She said only about 15% of
the people on the list are men.
Her "GirlPR Team" consists of five women in their
20s and 30s, said Ablaza.
She can be reached at her office at 631/543-8069; cell:
631/455-6295 or by e-mail: VIPServices@ TMO.Blackberry.net.
Edition, Dec. 22, 2004, Page 3
EMBROILED IN SCANDALS.
Two publishers Judith Regan and Kimberly Quinn
are linked to alleged illicit affairs with top political
figures in the U.S. and the U.K.
Regan, who is publisher of Regan Books, has admitted to
a year-long affair with former New York Police Dept. commissioner
Bernard Kerik, who recently removed his name from consideration
for the job of U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
Regan broke up with Kerik after she learned his wife was
pregnant and he had been continuing an affair with a corrections
officer that began 10 years ago, according to press reports.
The British press has been having a field day with its
coverage of the three-year affair between Quinn, who is
publisher of The Spectator magazine, and David Blunkett,
57, who just resigned as Prime Minister Tony Blair's Home
Quinn, who previously was communications and marketing
director for Conde Nast U.K., is originally from Los Angeles,
and has written articles for The Wall Street Journal,
Vogue, and Erotic Review. She became publishing
director of The Spectator in 1996.
At the time of the affair, Quinn was married to Michael
Fortier, an American investment banker whom she met when
she was editing a trade magazine in the U.S.
While working as secretary to Helen Gurley Brown, the founder
of Cosmopolitan, she met Stephen Quinn, who started GQ magazine
for Conde Nast in the '80s. She and Stephen, 60, who is
currently managing director of Britain's Vogue magazine,
got married in late 2001.
MURRAY EXITS CNBC.
Alan Murray, currently CNBC's Washington, D.C., bureau chief
and co-anchor of "Capital Report" with Gloria
Borger, is returning full-time to The Wall Street Journal
Jan. 1 as an assistant managing editor.
He will write a new, twice-a-week column, starting in February,
on business, economics and public policy while continuing
as a regular contributor to CNBC, but now as a representative
of the Journal.
His weekly "Political Capital" column at the
WSJ was discontinued as of Dec. 14.
Before joining CNBC in Feb. 2002, Murray was the Journal's
D.C. bureau chief for nearly a decade.
He will shift his base to New York from D.C.
NINE NEW EDITORS.
Debbie Henley and Debby Krenek were promoted to managing
editors of Newsday as part of a reorganization of the Long
Island newspaper's newsroom.
Henley, 45, will oversee newsgathering by all departments,
except the New York City desk, which will continue to report
to New York editor Les Payne.
Krenek, 49, will supervise the news desks and aspects of
content development while continuing to oversee Internet
and multi-media activities and the photo and art departments.
Both Henley and Krenek will report to John Mancini, the
paper's top editor.
Among those getting new jobs is Richard Galant, 54, who
was named associate editor responsible for the investigations
department and who will also write a weekly business column.
Lonnie Isabel and Steve Ruinsky were promoted to deputy
managing editors. Isabel, 53, will direct the health and
science department in addition to his current supervision
of national, foreign and state coverage. Ruinsky, 50, who
was handling sports, will add business and the "Part
2" features departments to his responsibilities.
In addition, four assistant managing editors were named:
Genetta Adams for Part 2; Rick Green for business and technology;
Sandy Keenan for Long Island, and Alex Martin for projects.
Phil Hill, a
race car driver and automotive writer, and
John Lamm, an automotive photographer and writer,
were awarded the Dean Batchelor Award by the Motor Press
was named managing editor of New Beauty, a new consumer
magazine about cosmetics.
who was articles editor at Vogue, was named editor of Men's
Vogue, a spinoff of the fashion title.
a longtime technology reporter and blogger at The San
Jose Mercury News, has left the paper.
previously a guest booker at CNN and head of the PR department
at the Information Tech Industry Council, has opened Liberate
Marketing & Communications, Washington, D.C.
was named fashion editor at Bridal World magazine.
35, previously editorial research director of Industry
Week, was promoted to editor-in-chief of Material Handling
Management magazine. Both magazines are published by Penton
ENTERTAINMENT AT NYT.
The New York Times has assigned Jacques Steinberg
as its New York-based TV entertainment beat reporter.
Steinberg, who currently covers the newspaper publishing
business, has also been covering the TV news beat for the
past year, ever since Jim Rutenberg went on campaign coverage.
The Times is also expected to announce a successor for
Bernie Weinraub, who is retiring in February as Hollywood
entertainment beat reporter.
(Media news continued
on next page)
Edition, Dec. 22, 2004, Page 4
TARGET ETHNIC AUDIENCES.
American Desi will make its debut as a 24-hour English-language
U.S. TV network for South Asians living in America in January.
The network, with studios in New Jersey and New York, will
offer a full schedule of programs geared to the Desi experience
and lifestyle, targeting all key Desi demographics and age
groups, "Desi" is South Asian terminology that
identifies those "from the homeland." There are
more than 3.4 million Desi family members living in the
U.S., with more than 20% of Desis of Indian descent having
achieved millionaire status.
The new network will offer Desi-themed daily morning newscasts;
cartoons; a lifestyle talk show for women; afternoon teen
shows; a sports news and magazine show; nightly interview
programs, and coverage of American Pro Cricket, the first
professional cricket league in the U.S.
Rickie Gaffney was named SVP/programming. She joins American
Desi from ABC, where she worked in both news and entertainment,
notably serving as senior broadcast producer for "Good
Morning America," among other roles.
More information is available on the network's website
Starts New Channels
MTV will start three new U.S. customized MTV channels specifically
tailored to Indian-American, Chinese-American and Korean-American
MTV Desi, serving audiences with roots in the Indian sub-continent
living in the U.S., will be the first channel to debut.
It will be followed by MTV China and MTV Korea in 2005,
with additional channels to follow.
MTV Desi will feature the music and shows
from MTV's international channels and original programming.
Nusrat Durrani was named general manager/SVP
MTV World and will oversee these new offerings. He will
be based in New York.
Auto Mag for Asians
On Wheels Inc., which publishes automotive magazines that
target African-Americans and Latinos, is starting Asians
The quarterly publication, based in Detroit, will target
people of Asian descent, including women and car enthusiasts,
according to AOW publisher Rebecca Yang. The magazine will
offer a mix of articles, including personalities, health,
travel, business, technology and industry trends.
Yang is projecting a readership of about 300,000.
The first issue of AOW will hit newsstands nationally March
More information can be found on the magazine's
website at www.asiansonwheels.com.
Bridges TV, which claims to be the first American Muslim
TV network, made its debut on Dec. 17 in southeast Michigan
on Comcast's cable system.
The subscription-based network, which primarily targets
the eight million Muslims of North America, features English-language
programs focused on celebrating the American Muslim lifestyle
Muzzammil Hassan, who started Bridges TV, can be reached
GETS A MAKEOVER.
Technology Review has been given a top-to-bottom
makeover and increased its publishing frequency to 12 times
per year, from 10.
Each issue of the Cambridge, Mass.-based magazine will
have an additional 20 pages of editorial content, starting
with the Jan. 2005 issue.
Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief of TR, which began life in
1899 as an MIT alumni magazine, has also introduced several
new sections: "Briefcase," case studies on how
organizations succeed or fail using new technologies; "Reviews,"
which addresses controversies created by new writings, products
or events, and "Synopses," to describe recent,
important technological innovations or scientific articles
and explain why they matter.
"The big word in the title is `review, " Pontin
said. "It's that degree of critical, skeptical assessment
that makes us different from other magazines. We ask `Why
does this matter? What is the impact? "
Many of the articles will be written by outside contributors,
who are experts in their fields.
in New York will publish a new quarterly business intelligence
magazine, Business Intelligence Review, in April
The magazine will be designed as a single source of information
for non-technical managers engaged in business intelligence,
focusing on the use of technology to make organizations
more effective and responsive.
Jim Ericson, previously an editorial director and senior
news editor at Line56 Media and managing editor at MSNBC,
was hired as editor-in-chief of BIR.
Brian Cronin is handling PR inquiries about BIR at 212/803-8358.
Forbes.com plans to
significantly increase its editorial capabilities
in 2005, including an expansion of its video output and
the start of several new content areas and services.
Dan Bigman, 34, previously with the NYTimes.com, where
he spent six years, most recently as associate editor, and
previously as business editor and producer, was hired as
managing editor to oversee the day-to-day editorial operations
Herald Media in Boston,
which publishes The Boston Herald, has acquired Women's
Business Boston from Vicki Donlan, who founded the 25,000
controlled circulation monthly paper in 1998. She will remain
publisher Alberto Ibarguen believes daily newspapers will
eventually come in two formats.
One edition will consist of in-depth articles for for older,
more sophisticated readers, and costing about $2.00.
The other will be a tabloid-size free paper for those who
want news in a lighter vein.
"My absolute belief is that the future of communicating
information will get done electronically," said Ibrarguen,
who spokes at a recent media conference in New York.
PC Magazine outranked
six competitors in coverage of technology leaders
people who are buying tech products for business, according
to a study, conducted by Mediamark Research.
The Fall 2004 MRI study, which measured PC Magazine
and six other magazines including: PC World, Wired,
Forbes, Business Week, Fortune and
Computer Shopper, found PCM was the number one choice
among professionals with IT job responsibilities, reaching
106,000 more readers versus closest competitor, PC World.
Edition, Dec. 22, 2004, Page 7
by Jack O Dwyer
Nervous NIRI, its exchequer down to $4.73 million in cash/investments,
boosted dues $50 to $475.
Week's Oct. 3 cover story on "Fuzzy Numbers" said
there is rampant "distorted and confusing" financial
reporting by companies in spite of Sarbanes-Oxley. Don t
these numbers mostly come from NIRI's 5,000 members?
"Bad News Burke," where are you? An AT&T PR
exec hung up on us when we called about the cuts in its
PR dept. The job was shifted to an outside PR firm. Former
spokesman Burke Stinson would never have done that. He returned
a call even though he now lives in Alberta Province, Canada.
Fear gripped not only
PR pros but reporters. Teri Agins, Wall Street Journal
fashion reporter, is afraid to write too many exposes because
people might "stop talking" to her. Fashion people
"can be very punitive," she said.
Liz Smith devoted her entire Nov. 28 column to railing about
PR people who "block access" to celebrities, government
and business execs. She says it's hard getting "even
a simple question answered."
Travel writer Margie
Goldsmith and PR counselor Al Vinikour were among those
with similar complaints. "It's disgusting," said
Vinikour, referring to the plague of unreturned calls. Phone
snubs were rare in the past, he said.
Canadian reporters beefed to Porter Novelli and Canada Newswire
that PR pros were not only blocking access to news sources
but were treating them with a "contemptuous" and
"condescending" attitude and that businesspeople
were adopting a "superior, arrogant tone" to reporters.
PRSA staffer Cedric
Bess, in reply to an e-mail by this reporter, in error sent
us back an e-mail asking, "Can I just e-mail (O'Dwyer)
a smart remark to ps him off?" Who was supposed
to get this e-mail is what we'd like to know.
Towers Perrin found that less than half of employees view
company communications as credible and about 25% think they
Reuters cut 20 editorial
jobs in London and New York while hiring 60 replacements
in Bangalore, India. PR pros wondered if their field was
GCI Group in February hosted an "offshoring summit"
in New York for Citigroup, Aetna Life, Nike and other big
companies to talk about the impact of offshoring on corporate
reputation, employee loyalty, etc., and "if there is
a risk in waiting." It was closed to the press.
Citigroup PA staffers treated themselves (at $300 each)
to the "Financial Follies" of the New York Financial
Writers' Assn. The two Citi tables were about the only ones
sans press guests.
A "Credibility of Spokesperson" poll by Edelman
PR Worldwide found "company PR representative"
was next to the bottom.
WPP's Martin Sorrell and Edelman's Richard Edelman are about
the only two people in ad/PR willing to be quoted. edelman.com/speak_up,
where Edelman expresses his views, is No. 5 on the Google
ranking for ceo blog.
Sorrell said there are "too many people in the middle"
in PR and noted that investment banks have "big producers
at the top and then a lot of arms and legs, a lot of soldiers."
Making PR "more efficient" is very important,
he said. WPP owns B-M, H&K, Cohn & Wolfe, etc.
Omnicom CEO John Wren
has given one interview since the WSJ knocked 40 points
off OMC stock in June 2002. He shifted the annual meeting
from N.Y. to L.A. in 2003 and to Atlanta in 2004 (to avoid
the press, we think). OMC was $82 on Dec. 17. On the same
date in 1999 it reached its high of $107.
OMC "a beleaguered stock," saying sale of $24M
of stock by Wren and other insiders didn t help.
Debt of about $14B
for the five conglomerates (WPP, IPG, OMC, Publicis and
Havas) could be a problem if interest rates rise from their
Rob Levy, professional development head of PRSA who in February
promised "master classes" for 400-500 at the October
conference and three-hour "double sessions" with
top speakers, was suddenly fired or quit in June.
Levy had boosted PD revenues 61% to $1.28M in the first
half. Three others left PRSAwebmaster Robin Michaels,
ad sales vet Anne Fetsch and Leighton Watson of finance.
Was there a budget crunch caused by the $300K cost of COO
Cathy Bolton and the move downtown?
The "old" PRSA board, just before the new board
was nominated, gave Bolton a two-year contract. The old
board, again unwilling to give up control, in December named
a governance committee whose work would be in 2005.
Record 42 blue chip
PR execs were needed to fill PR Seminar because of high
turnover. No new agency people were accepted.
Finally, if democracy can come to Iraq, why can t it come
to PRSA, allowing all members (not just the 20% who are
APR) to seek office this year.
Internet Edition, Dec.
22, 2004 Page 8
The jury verdict in
the defamation lawsuit by former IABC COO Liz Allan
against Lou Williams and his firm (page one) is a victory
for Williams and a defeat for Allan and IABC.
An indication of this is the minuscule amount ($18,345)
that Allan was awarded by the jury, especially considering
that she originally sought $10 million from Williams and
an untold amount from IABC but no doubt millions.
As for Allan's claimed financial damages, the jury did
not think much of this claim possibly because her current
job is paying her $121,000. She got $50 in economic damages
(her cost for the Williams tape at the ASAE). The jury did
not buy her claims of "severe emotional distress."
It found that Williams "failed to use reasonable care
to determine the truth or falsity" of such statements
as "financial information was hidden in the reports,"
that "communication was controlled," that "decisions
by the board were made with bad information," and that
"staff misled and misinformed the IABC board and members."
However, in spite of that finding, the jury also answered
"no" to the question of whether the statements
"tend to injure Allan in her occupation."
The meaning of this
case is the spotlight it throws on the dysfunctional
governance of IABC. Many tens of thousands and possibly
$100K+ has been spent by each of the three participants
in this case and it will all be for nought unless IABC makes
these papers public.
Members should know how the governance abuses cost the
group $1 million+ for the abortive "TalkingBusinessNow"
website. The group underwent severe financial strain. The
same dysfunctional system remains in placea board
of directors whose members are scattered all over the world
and that meets three times a year, giving staff too much
The full board was
not told of the lawsuit until six months after it
was lodged and the members only learned of it when this
NL spotted the word "lawsuit" in the 2003 IABC
audit released to us about six months after the end of the
fiscal year. IABC staff refused to say what it was about
or where it was entered. We had to do a search of court
Oddly, at the same
time that IABC was keeping word of this suit from its members,
IABC chair Dave Kistle was quoted in IABC's mag as
saying that leaders communications with members must be
"timely, two-way, frequent, open, trustworthy and credible."
The discussion of the lawsuit on the IABC website, once
this NL told members about it, has drawn a record 861 views,
double the next most popular topic (employee newsletters,
436 views). It shows that association members want the truth
about their societies, even if it's negative.
Just as dysfunctional is the governance of PRSAa
large weak board from across the U.S. whose members see
each other four times a year and who are dominated by a
strong-willed staff whose members see each other every day.
An inner clique of accredited members has blocked 80% of
the other members from holding national office for 31 years.
But with APR having been removed Oct. 23 as a requisite
for Assembly membership, there is hope this year that the
APR rule can also be removed from national board and officer
posts as recommended by the 1999 planning committee headed
by Steve Pisinski.
It is sad that Philadelphia,
the birthplace of freedom and democracy in the U.S.,
is also the home of the one major PRSA chapter in the east
that voted unanimously against decoupling APR from Assembly
membership. The five-member delegation was headed by one
of the chapter's most senior members, Carole Gorney, a PRSA
Fellow and a professor at Lehigh University.
We just happen to be reading John Adams, the biography
by David McCullough. It turns out that Philadelphia was
the "bulwark of the opposition" to break away
from England. Philadelphian John Dickinson wanted to negotiate
with the Crown which infuriated Bostonian John Adams. Dickinson
and others snubbed Adams as best they could, making him
feel "like a man infected with leprosy."
The tide was running against Adams and other revolutionists
until Tom Paine, "a down-at-the-heels English immigrant,"
penned "Common Sense" whose clear arguments for
independence won over the masses.
Also by coincidence, Paul Wetzel of PRSA/Boston, was a
leader in the fight to decouple the Assembly and the delegate
who (although somehow placed in the back of the room when
Boston was usually in the front) motioned that the decoupling
vote of each delegate be made public. The Assembly passed
this. But certain leaders fought against its release for
a month and a half, saying that, technically, the minutes
were not due until the next Assembly in October 2005 in
Miami. But they caved in to demands of big chapters such
as Georgia, New York and Chicago ... the
result is a treasure of information that can be analyzed
from many points of view. PRSA said, however, that the tabulation
will not be printed in its monthly publication Tactics.
Members are able to download it from the members-only area
of the PRSA website. Apparently Tactics plans little if
any analysis of the vote.