You Spurned Me Such A Day

You know it’s a sucky job market when you get turned down for jobs you never even applied for.

Hundreds of North Carolina creatives received mysteri ous rejection letters recently, each apparently penned by one of three men—Mike Hughes of The Martin Agency, Cliff Freeman of Cliff Freeman and Partners, and David Lubars of Fallon. Written on proper letterhead and signed convincingly, they caused much head-scratching.

“At this time, we have no requirements for a person with your qualifi cations,” reads the Lubars letter. “Had you been fortunate enough to receive guidance from astute head hunter Guy Tucker … you’d probably have a lifetime pass to the executive hot tub here at Fallon.”

The letters turned out to be invitations to an ad club event featuring Tucker. Mark Delane Brown, a creative at Bouvier Kelly in Greensboro, had gotten Hughes, Freeman and Lubars to send letter head and even samples of their signa tures, from which Brown produced the elaborate fakes.

“He could be employed by the mob to counterfeit money,” Mike Turner, creative chief at Bouvier Kelly, says of Brown.

Some bad-tempered letter recipi ents did grumble. But those were the people “who don’t know who Guy Tucker or David Lubars are or what a One Show Pencil is,” says Brown.