The Emmy Awards are this weekend. I share a memory of the Emmys and your printable ballot.

I was invited to join the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1974 at age 24 when I was working for Gold Key Entertainment, a division of The Vidtronics Company—both aligned with the Technicolor Corporation.

I’m especially fond of the Emmys. The Television Academy’s annual awards show has always seemed more approachable than others. That could be because I’ve had more insight into their voting process. I often voted as a member of blue-ribbon panels which were convened in hotel suites where we viewed nominated shows for hours, discussed them, and then voted privately.

I was heading to the Emmy Awards. I loved that tux. A Brioni.

My most memorable blue-ribbon viewing moment occurred in 1975, I believe. I was scheduled to review shows in a small suite with, among others, Steve Allen’s wife, Jayne Meadows. She walked in early that morning wearing a black suit, a giant lavender silk flower on her lapel, a massive black straw hat with a lavender hatband, and a black patch over her right eye. She paused in the doorway.

We all looked up, and with her typical command of a room, she said slowly, “Steve and I were in rehearsal…I was hit with a pie.” She inserted about 3 seconds of silence as a dramatic pause and continued, “It was still in the tin.”

Have fun, and enjoy the show. Here’s your printable ballot for the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Jayne Meadows 1919-2015

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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