Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2016 8:00 am | Updated: 9:28 am, Sat Jul 16, 2016.
By Cheyenne Vaughn Sentinel Staff View source link
“Whassup?!” a man asks his friend over the phone while sitting on his couch drinking a Budweiser beer.
This isn’t Stevens Pell Jackson, but instead one of the many iconic commercials his team worked on for Anheuser-Busch before he became involved in Jaffrey’s Park Theatre.
For nearly 30 years Jackson worked in advertising and marketing for DDB (formerly Doyle Dane Bernbach), an advertising agency with headquarters in Jackson’s hometown of New York City.
“I joined them when I was a very young kid and I was low on the totem pole, and stayed with it over the years and eventually led the business on a global basis,” he reflects.
Anheuser-Busch was one of Jackson’s major clients during his time at DDB and his team’s advertising campaigns for Budweiser and Bud Light won “every major industry award including Cannes Gold Lions, Effies, Clios and Emmys,” according to Pell Partners, Jackson’s consulting firm.
These winning campaigns include Spuds MacKenzie, “Gimme A Light,” “Yes, I am,” “I Love you man” and the Budweiser Frogs, Ants and Clydesdales.
At the end of 2015 The Eppes-Jefferson Foundation bestowed a substantial gift on The Park Theatre. Trustees have recognized the honor and generosity of the foundation’s gift with the naming of the main auditorium in honor of arts and humanities advocate, William David Eppes. Born in 1918, Mr. Eppes was a southern gentleman from Goodwater, Alabama, whose family’s roots in Colonial America traced back to Thomas Jefferson. Educated at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music, William and Mary College, George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, the University of Miami, the University of Manchester (England), Columbia University, New York University and the University of Durham (England), Mr. Eppes is listed in the 37th Edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Business (2009) as a well known author, historian, preservationist and benefactor of the arts.
In 1996, Mr. Eppes moved to New England, making his home at RiverMead in Peterborough and established The Eppes-Jefferson Foundation to continue his support of the arts and humanities he had cherished during his lifetime. The foundation recognized that the vision guiding The Park Theatre was one shared by Mr. Eppes during his lifetime, and bestowed a substantial gift to the Theatre in his honor and as a living memorial to the man and the arts and culture.
Educated as a librarian, Mr. Eppes was employed at the libraries of George Washington University, California State University, Columbia University and The Cooper Union. He founded the Film Classics League and Backstage Gallery of St. Petersburg, Florida, and served on the boards of the Memphis Theatre Historical Society, Virginia Historical Society, McLeod Plantation, Sea Island Historical Society, Greenwich Village Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc., was Honorary Commissioner of the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument Fund, Inc., and member of the William and Mary Choir, New York Drama League, and the Society of the Descendants of Francis Eppes I of Virginia.
Throughout his life, Mr. Eppes maintained autograph letters, correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, and printed material by and about persons in the fine arts, theatre, literary and political world as well as playbills, programs, announcements and poster replicas of New York City theatres. The 2,310 items in The William David Eppes Collection of Arts Memorabilia is included in the Special Collections of the University of Virginia Library in Charlottesville. Among his collection is correspondence with Tallulah Bankhead, Harry S and Bess W Truman, Malcolm Forbes, Alfred Lunt and Armand Hammer. His collection of historic recordings include many Opening Nights of the Metropolitan Opera and the 1942 Premiere of ‘Porgy and Bess’ written at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough. In addition to contributing to a variety of historic journals and magazines, Mr. Eppes was a member of Authors’ Guild and wrote several books: The Empire Theatre 1893-1953 (1978), Gertrude Michael—A Star of the Golden Age of Hollywood (1985), Montgomery Theatre 1822-1985 (1986), and The House off Main Street, A Chronicle of the McCord-Eppes Family. ❦
Longtime marketing director, theater manager Jaffrey venue’s first employee
By Priscilla Morrill Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, February 12, 2016
The Park Theatre hit another milestone Monday with the hire of its first employee. Stevens Pell Jackson Jr., of Jaffrey, joins theater as CEO managing director. Board Chair Caroline Hollister said the next big marker, opening night, is 18 months away.
It was 10 years ago Monday that the then-nascent nonprofit purchased the historic theater on Main Street, with the vision to bring the entertainment venue that got it’s start in 1922 back to life — it had been closed since 1976. The old Park Theatre was torn down in December 2013 when Board trustees made the hard decision that building from the ground up is the way to go. Read More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – On March 19, the Trustees of the Timken Foundation of Canton awarded $50,000 to The Park Theatre for the rebuilding of its facility in Jaffrey. “We are convinced that the reopened Park Theatre — along with the diverse cultural and entertainment programs it plans to provide — will greatly benefit everyone in the Greater Keene area,” noted Bob Bauman, General Manager of Timken’s Keene facility. Read online story.