Remembering those we lost in 2018


Aretha Franklin in “The Blues Brother”

They continue
to strengthen
Chicago’s incomparable
work ethic
with memories
of good-old-
fashioned decency

There were a lot of goodbyes in 2018. From the Queen of Soul to a real-life comic superhero with all kinds of friends and coworkers in between, they inspire memories that make life worthwhile.

The people who have departed from Chicago’s advertising, film, and sound industries will forever remain part of the community. Through common connections, past jobs, and shared triumphs, they continue to strengthen Chicago’s incomparable work ethic with memories of good old-fashioned decency.



Tribute to Larry Moran



Tribute to a legend: Jay B. Ross, Entertainment Lawyer



In memory of Billy Sheahan



Tribute to DuShon Monique Brown



Bartoli, Hafner, Zumbrunnen to join AICE Hall of Fame



Chicagoans fondly remember Elizabeth Brackett



Remembering John Crededio, 1946-2018



The advertising legend of Aretha Franklin



Craig Zadan, prolific stage, TV & film producer, has died



Legendary Chicago anchor Warner Saunders passes



Carr family hosts tribute to Bob Carr this Sunday



My real life superhero Stan Lee passes at 95



Todd Lillethun award-winning filmmaker passes at 46



President George H.W. Bush passes at 94



Kartemquin remembers Director Bill Siegel

  • mcoyle1960

    While she was never President of the United States, Chicago lost a great one a few weeks ago when Donna Bracey passed away after a half-year battle with cancer.

    After starting at WE-FM, Donna spent the next quarter century as an office manager at CRC. She was loved by everyone in the industry. She knew everyone’s birthday, how you liked your coffee, and could chat up a storm with CCOs to bike messengers (remember them??).

    I was lucky to have had a good, long career in Chicago, and a huge part of that was due to the care Donna gave to everyone who walked through our doors. She will be terribly missed.

  • David Lewis

    2 others we lost… both friends and fabulous art directors: Dennis Takata and Gary Needham. We all worked together at Leo Burnett in the ’80’s and beyond. Both Dennis and Gary worked at other agencies in the city, but it was at Burnett where they did some of their best award-winning work. Keebler, Green Giant, and McDonald’s… among others. They’re likely remembered most for being great family men and great friends to all they worked with. Thanks for the memories, my friends!