The death of the sporting legend, Denis Compton, last week saddened
many in the industry, especially staff at McCann-Erickson, where he
acted as a consultant for many years.
The funniest tale we’ve heard about him so far was when Jack Rubens
joined McCanns as chairman. He was looking through the books when he
noticed Compton’s name on the payroll.
After discovering from Compton that he was employed by the agency
because he had good contacts, Rubens challenged Compton to get Sir Ian
MacLaurin on the phone.
Compton promptly obliged and handed the telephone to Rubens with the
chairman of Tesco on the line. Completely taken aback, he took the
receiver, put it back on its cradle, and agreed that Compton did indeed
have good contacts.
Needless to say, Rubens hadn’t realised that Sir Ian was also into