Grey’s Ed Meyer was making the rounds with other global business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 27 and 28. He was attending a forum on the intersection between IT and media when Angelina Jolie was whisked in (late) and seated at his table. “She’s a very attractive woman,” Meyer confirms. He adds: “Someone at the table, a major CEO who will remain nameless, turned to me and asked, ‘Who the hell is that?’ I tell you, some of these guys are just from the wrong generation.” Meyer also liked how Ted Turner—a surprise guest at the media governors’ dinner—ended his speech. When someone asked him for a word of advice for the business community, Turner responded, “Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell and advertise.” … Vacuum magnate David Oreck, having lunch on the L.A. set of the upcoming Corbin Bernsen movie Carpool Guy, in which Oreck’s vacuums play a central role: “Brands have to be very careful about how they’re presented. You can’t fix damage to a brand.” … The West Shokan, N.Y., home (shown below) of TBWA\ Chiat\Day’s Patrick O’Neill and Sugartown’s Fritz Westenberger will be featured in the April issue of Architectural Digest. The modernist house, which O’Neill describes as “Neutra on steroids,” rests on seven acres overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir. The architect was Audrey Matlock. … With AKQA settled in at its new San Francisco space, staffers have been eager to get a peek at Al Gore, whose fledgling cable-news-network startup, INdTV, has offices in the same building. Last week came word of the first official sighting. We’re told that AKQA’s CFO rode the elevator with the almost-president. Our source wasn’t sure if they had a conversation, or if the CFO was “a deer in the headlights.” The shop is hoping to get Gore to stop by and say hello at one of its staff meetings.
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