John McCreery Who? Me. Born in 1944 in Savannah, Georgia. Grew up in Virginia, near Yorktown where the last major battle of the American Revolution was fought. Am old enough to have been to a segregated high school and to have a fifth grade home teacher who (after we'd said the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and sung the Star Spangled Banner) made us sing Dixie. Grew up and turned my back on my parents' (Lutheran) religion. Did philosophy as an undergraduate (Michigan State) and a Ph.D. in anthropology (Cornell, 1973). Did fieldwork in Taiwan, wrote a dissertation called "The Symbolism of Popular Taoist Magic," taught four years at Middlebury College in Vermont. Didn't make tenure. Spent another year in Taiwan, then three years in New Haven, CT, where Ruth (my wife) was doing a Ph.D. in Japanese literature at Yale. Spent first two years househusbanding and taking care of daughter Katie (who's now 17, going on 18, and deciding where to go to college). The third year I found a job in the Yale Computer Science Department's Artificial Intelligence Program and learned about computers. Then Ruth got a grant that to brought us to Japan. A friend's introduction got me an editor's job in a small translation cum corporate communications company. A mutual interest in personal computers led to my meeting my predecessor at Hakuhodo, Inc. (Japan's 2nd largest advertising agency), where I started working as a copywriter and am now International Creative Director. In the last couple of years, I've revived my academic interests. I've got a paper ("Negotiating with Demons: The Uses of Language in a Taoist Exorcism" ) accepted by American Ethnologist that is scheduled to appear some time in 1995 and am teaching a graduate seminar on "The Making and Meaning of Advertising" at Sophia University in Tokyo. Ruth, Katie and I share space with four Persian cats.
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