As many of my old and new readers alike may know, I — in conjunction with the NEPA Freethought Society – the group for which I am a co-organizer, spokesperson, board member, and podcast host — have announced plans to launch an original — as far as I am aware — ad campaign in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania that is intentionally really, really, really inoffensive.
Last Monday (1/30/12), I, before announcing the ad campaign online, had contacted Jim Smith — the advertising contact listed on the bus company’s website — on the telephone asking preliminary questions about placing advertisements on buses. Jim Smith asked me what my design would look like, what message it would contain, and if I can send him a preview image via e-mail. I had asked Jim Smith, when I was talking with him on the telephone, if he could wait a moment so that I could e-mail him [I told him I had the file on my computer and would need to boot it and send it]. Jim Smith told me to send the file later in the day/after I hung up and he would respond.
After the discussion with Jim Smith, I announced my plans on my blog, on the NEPA Freethought Society’s website, and Hemant Mehta posted in support
of my idea. Several persons approached me [online and in ‘real life’] pledging to donate money, expressed excitement with the idea, and have been very supportive in general.
American Atheists is now, additionally, in support of the idea! [More details to come.]
I’m very much ready to go with this so that this ad proposal can become a reality! …but we just have to wait for confirmation from the bus company.
I got the following message today from Jim Smith:
“Justin I Gave The Ad Info To My Supervisor On Friday –It Is Being Review,
As Soon As I Here Back, I Will E-Mail Or Call You.”