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Georg Olden
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    (November 13, 1920-January 25, 1975)
    Born in Birmingham, Alabama
    Raised in Washington, D.C.
    Died in Los Angeles, California
    Birth name was George Elliott Olden
    Graphic artist, CBS (1945-1960)
    Artistic Director, Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn (BBDO) (1960-1963)
    Executive, McCann-Erickson (1963-1970)
    He was called aloof and arrogant.
    He flunked all of his high school courses except art.
    While working as a freelance cartoonist, he dropped the 'e' from his first name for attention.
    He shaved his head as he began balding.
    He was divorced.
    While estranged from his second wife, his much-younger girlfriend shot him to death.
    He looked like Harry Belafonte.
    He created opening graphics for classic TV shows such as 'I Love Lucy,' 'Lassie' and 'Gunsmoke.'
    In 1962, he designed the advertising CLIO statuette, seven of which he won.
    He was the first black person to design an American postage stamp (1963).
    He was described as 'awesomely handsome, extremely male, and very polite.'
    Despite what 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner and star Jon Hamm claim, there were African American ad executives in the 1960s.

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