Monthly Archives: February 2007

Lee Kerry, former Editor of Adweek passes

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I spent several years in advertising agencies so I’d like to pass along this news from my pal Sharon Benoit, who knows everybody. 

Lee Kerry, 89, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away February 11, 2007 of a massive stroke. Lee was born in Brooklyn, New York, and had a career in show business, appearing in several  Broadway musicals, before moving his family to Phoenix in the late 1940s. He wrote a column about Phoenix nightlife for the (then) Phoenix Gazette and also appeared on Phoenix’s first TV station, KPHO, as a sportscaster.

He and his wife, Gene (who preceded him in death in 1954), had a morning radio show on KOOL-AM called “Breakfast with the Kerrys” and were active in Phoenix Little Theatre.
Mr. Kerry moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1953 and, soon after, joined a new advertising trade publication, Media Agencies Clients (MAC), which later became ADWEEK/West. He was Editor of that magazine for 25 years and, as Editor at Large, wrote an interview column for many years after his retirement. He and his second wife, Bette (who preceded him in death in 2006), moved back to Phoenix in 2003. Lee would have turned 90 years old on February 21st.

A memorial for Lee Kerry will be held in March at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

Contact Sharon Benoit sharben@aol.com for more info.

BLUE CROSS WELLPOINT LOGIC

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Here’s one of those things that just annoys the crap out of you. I am copying here a letter to my doctor’s office that outlines the problem.

Dear Office,

I’m faxing this form because Blue Cross/Wellpoint is being impossible.

They’re happy to give me 30 3mg tablets of (leaving name out) per month, but can’t understand that I’d prefer to have 90 1mg tablets so I can decide how much I’d like to take on any given day. (Instead of having to cut them and taste the nasty stuff.)

Apparently I can’t be trusted with 1mg tablets for fear I may overdose. That would be so much easier to do with 3mg tablets, don’t you think? So much for logic.

So, they insist on having this form completed and faxed to them so the additional quantity can be authorized.

I appreciate the trouble. And please send this letter on with my regards.

Thank you,

Annoyed Patient