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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Thomas J. Burrell

Bieschke, Paul; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Advertising chief executive Tom Burrell was born on March 18, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up on Chicago's South Side. Burrell began his career in advertising while still attending Roosevelt University, where he graduated with his B.A. degree in English. He was hired as a copywriter with the Chicago division of Wade Advertising, before moving to Foote Cone & Belding to work as a copy supervisor, where he spent one year in the firm's London offices. Burrell founded Burrell Communications Group in 1971, which was the nation's largest African American-owned marketing firm, with clients including McDonalds and Coca-Cola. In 1986, he was the recipient of the Albert Lasker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Advertising, and in 1990, he received the prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. He served as chairman of the Chicago Council of the American Association of Advertising Agencies.
Performers
Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
204 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Thomas J. Burrell
Thomas J. Burrell
Credits
Videographer, Paul Bieschke.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Chicago, Illinois 2001 June 5.
Description
1 online resource (7 video files (3 hr., 23 min., 23 sec.)) : sound, color
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