I was one of the people in “Jay’s Army.” There are thousands of us who worked with and were associated with one of Georgia’s great characters, who last week passed on to history.
I worked for Jay in 1974 when he was ad director for the Marietta Daily Journal. I remember one day I went into his office and he was carrying on four conversations at once.
He was on the phone talking to a customer: “What do you mean you didn’t know you are sponsoring the Boy Scout Page in the paper? I told you I would take care of you.”
He was on the intercom: “Harris (Kettles)! I need that Rich’s proof from the composing room right now!”
He hollered across the room: “Hey Connie (Smith), I need you to call Johnny Isakson at Northside Realty and tell him we need an ad for next week.”
Then: “Neely, what were we talking about?”
All this in what seemed like one breath!
His lessons in treating others with respect and good humor will live on in our memory.
I was proud to be a member of Jay’s Army.
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Georgia Trend Magazine