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Ad Man George Parker Lectures


No-bullshit Boise-based advertising guru George Parker will kick off the Boise Advertising Federation's speaker series on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Parker has created advertisements for products ranging from Qwest to cameras, for Cyrix, and big name companies like IBM, Dell and MCI.

Parker's Web site showcases his accomplishments, but his blog, AdScam/TheHorror, is more personal. There, he pokes fun at the peers in his profession, like liberally dropping the word "fucktard" in reference to the likes of Tom Ellis of Volkswagen marketing.

In the '80s, Parker created an ad for O&M in New York, a Compaq spread that stated "Now you can afford COMPAQ instead of a clone." Dell claimed that the advertising was critical of their products, suing Compaq to the tune of $100 million dollars. Compaq fired back, countersuing Dell for the same thing and claiming that their advertising had been derogatory. When the two found out that Parker had created both the companies' campaigns, they dropped the case.

The high-profile ad man promises to provide an educational, albeit risque, take on the world of advertising, because: "No matter how bad you think it is, it's actually worse!"

Following Parker will be a performance by Boise's The Naughties, a cover band that specializes in hits from bands like Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Arcade Fire and U2.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m., $25 members/$35 nonmembers/$5 for The Naughties only, Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-381-0483, for more information call 208-336-7511.