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ADWEEK’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

What Were They Thinking?

June 13, 1991: perhaps advertising’s most surreal night. The radio and print Clio Awards were scheduled, but what ensued was less an ad-award show than a tawdry circus, an event so grossly mismanaged that its trajectory from embarrassing to appalling seemed, in retrospect, almost destined – “beyond the beyond-o,” as Ruth Ayres of DDB Needham put it.

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