Meet Morrow Wilson: One of the Real ‘Mad Men’

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‘Golden Girls’ widower gives inside scoop on early ad, TV industries in his new book based on true events, David Sunshine: A Novel of the Communications Industry

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David Sunshine is an adventure story of an innocent young man who sets out to make his way in the communications industry of the 1960s

As the Golden Age of television was coming to a close, Morrow Wilson’s career was just beginning.

Based on true events from his own life, Wilson’s new book David Sunshine is a thinly veiled reference to his early work as the first associate producer for David Susskind, one of the first and most well-known talk show hosts to grace television screens across the U.S.

As Wilson divulges, his first taste of the industry was far from sweet.

“David Sunshine is an adventure story of an innocent young man who sets out to make his way in the communications industry of the 1960s,” Wilson explains. “What happens when his idealism clashes with the egotism and opportunism of TV’s then-most famous producer is at times hilarious and, at other times, heartbreaking.”

Throughout the book, Wilson reveals what it was really like to work in New York City during the real-life ‘Mad Men’ era; a time period and lifestyle that have transfixed a nation, even 50 years later.

Asked if the lifestyle portrayed in today’s hit series is accurate, Wilson says ‘yes and no.’

Yes, women often wore white silk gloves and stylish hats to work while men donned sleek, three-piece suits. Certainly, three martini lunches and chain smoking through the workday were once deemed normal. But, Wilson adds, there was no Hollywood glamour that Mad Men fanatics have grown accustomed to. And Susskind wasn’t the same person behind closed doors as his on-air personality suggested.

Wilson, who has since grown an impressive resume as an award-winning New York actor and singer, gives readers the inside scoop on his very own ‘Mad Men’ experience.

For more information, visit Morrow Wilson’s Facebook fan page.

David Sunshine: A Novel of the Communications Industry
By Morrow Wilson
ISBN: 978-1477251904
Approx. 170 pages
Paperback 6x9
Retail price: $27.99
E-book price: $3.99
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble

About the author
Morrow Wilson received his first rejection slip at age 14 and his first payment for his writing at 17. Since then his occupations have included novelist, playwright, columnist, reviewer, actor, singer, producer, broadcasting, publishing and advertising executive. During the ‘Golden Age’ of television, Wilson was the first associate producer of David Susskind's talk show; then an independent producer of high quality TV, radio, stage and cabaret; and finally served as production chief of the CBS Cable Television Network. He has won numerous acting awards and been cast in more than 100 New York City stage productions. Wilson is a lifetime member of The Actors' Fund of America, this country's oldest theatrical charity and a board member of The Players, this country's oldest theatrical and literary social club. A widower to Rue McClanahan, known for her role as Blanche on the TV series The Golden Girls, Wilson makes his home in New York City with two cats, both named after Shakespearean heroines. David Sunshine is his second published novel.

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