Advertising: Up the Elevator

"Show me this young genius!" demanded fearsome George Washington Hill, onetime president of the American Tobacco Co., of Adman Albert Lasker back in 1941. Out came Fairfax Mastick Cone, then 38, with what soon be came the cigarette slogan of the '40s: "With men who know tobacco best . . . it's Luckies two to one." When he retired a year later, Lasker was apparently still amazed by his upstart prot├ęge's Lucky stroke: in any event, Lasker sold his agency to Cone and two other staffers at a gift price of...

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