Foote Cone & Belding worldwide CEO Brendan Ryan marched in the big St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York last Thursday, as has been his custom since childhood. This year, Ryan pulled in FCB COO Gene Bartley and McCann WorldGroup CEO John Dooner to march with him behind the banner of Ryan’s ancestral county, Tipperary. … Meanwhile, for the ninth year in a row, McClain Finlon in Denver celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with what the agency calls “the world’s shortest and speediest” parade. The 15-foot, 15-minute march down Blake Street in the city’s historic ballpark neighborhood featured a troupe of executive leprechauns, banshees and the elected Blarney Castle King and Queen, all dancing to traditional Irish folk music played by agency staffer Michael Collins’ pipe and drum band. Then everyone got back to work. … A rock ‘n’ roll dream came true late last month for David Angelo of davidandgoliath. While in Las Vegas for a Bacardi party, he found himself bowling with none other than Neil Schon of Journey in the guitarist’s hotel suite (which had its own private bowling alley). Says Angelo: “Bowling with Neil Schon, one of my all-time favorite guitarists, reminds me of how fast my hair is falling out.” … In a Chicago Tribune article on the legality of office betting, Cramer-Krasselt CEO Peter Krivkovich admitted he had thrown a whole $1 into the Chicago agency’s NCAA pool. (He and others making low-stakes wagers are, thankfully, safe from the feds, the article concluded.) Not that Krivkovich needs any extra rooting interest—he’s an alum of the top-ranked University of Illinois. Just back from two weeks of hiking in New Zealand, Krivkovich said last week that he was a little concerned about the Fighting Illini’s reliance on the three-point shot going into weekend action. “The odds just aren’t there” for such an offense to take the team all the way, he fretted.
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