In the 1950s, marketing whiz Stanley Arnold was working at Young &
Rubicam, where he was asked to come up with a marketing campaign for Remington Rand. The company was among the most
conservative in America. Its chairman at the time was retired General Douglas
MacArthur. Intimidated at first by a company that was so much a part of America, Arnold also found in that
phrase the first inspiration for a campaign. After thinking about it, he went to the New York offices of Merrill Lynch,
Pierce, Fenner and Beane, and placed the ultimate odd-lot order:
"I want to purchase," he told the broker, "one share of every single stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange." After a
vice president tried to talk him out of it, the order was finally placed. It came to more than $42,000 for one share in each of
the 1098 companies listed on the Big Board at the time. Arnold now took his diversified portfolio into a meeting of Remington
Rand's board of directors, where he argued passionately for a sweepstakes campaign with the top prize called A Share in
America. The conservative old gentlemen shifted around in their seats and discussed the idea for a while. "But Mr. Arnold," said
one, "we are not in the securities business." Said another, "We are in the shaver business."
"I agree that you are not in the securities business," said Arnold, "but I think you also ought to
realize that you are not in the shaver business either. You are in the people
business." The company bought the idea.
Peter Hay, The Book of Business Anecdotes, in
Bits and Pieces, Oct, 1990.
The more I get to know people, the more I love my dog.
Frederick the Great.