Chris Pfaff: Growing Up the Son of a Mad Man
The son of former Creative Director at J. Walter Thompson recalls advertising's golden era through his father's work
There are many memories of the so-called “golden era” of advertising that are conjured up expertly by Matthew Weiner’s TV show Mad Men on AMC Networks. Largely, it is the effort to create a world that somehow captures the excitement of an era that stood for unyielding possibility. For someone like me, who was a small child during those years, with a father who may have been the model for someone like Don Draper, the show is an inescapable reflection of just how great that era really was.
This is why the end of Mad Men, which airs its final episodes having started—ironically enough – on Easter Sunday, April 5 (in the Mad Men era, clothiers such as Robert Hall would have flooded the airwaves with enticements for fathers to take their sons shopping for a new suit or two) is an indelible reminder of what we have lost along the way.