In the discussion thread: Did people get as piss drunk as they do on Mad Men back IN the 60s? [View all]
Response to Taverner (Original post)
Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:29 PM
MiddleFingerMom (25,163 posts)
1. Not by 10 AM, but two-martini expense account lunches were so common as to be...
... an accurate stereotype.
And "Cocktail Hour" was sacramental. My BIL was president of a fairly well-known ad agency
in Manhattan (among their clients was Clairol -- spokesperson Cybill Shepherd, a real asshole --
and The Beef Council -- spokespeople Ms Shepherd and James Garner -- one of the most truly
"still-of-the-people regular guys ever"... he preferred playing poker with the stage crew to
hanging with the director or ad execs).
He and I and my sister and their two kids were driving together from Connecticut to Michigan
for a family issue. JUST after we entered Michigan, he started yelling incoherently and, when
we finally calmed him down ( ), he informed us that we were missing cocktail hour!!!
We stopped at the nearest liquor store and bought a TON of bottled/canned cocktails and my
sister took over as designated driver while he and I plowed through those drinks.
By the time we got to my parents, we had to lean against each other to make it into the house.
That was in the early 80's.
In the early-to-late-70's, even the Army allowed most personnel a 2-drink limit at lunchtime.
I don't know if or when that changed... but I assume it did.
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