“You, too, can have a career in television.”

As World War II was winding down—and prior to plastics—the hot new careers were in television. In 1945, the U.S. government began producing a series of educational films to assist soldiers with their transition to civilian lives. The series was called, Tomorrow.

It’s a good thing television came along because the same year that this film was made, future TV actor, Tony Dow, was born—and what in the world he have done without the Beaver?

By the way, the first television commercial in the United States was broadcast four years earlier, in 1941. It was for the Bulova Watch Company and was broadcast on July 1, 1941 over New York station WNBT (formerly RCA experimental station, W2XBS; now WNBC) before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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