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• A brunette Martha Stewart posed with a little boy and a sock puppet for a Miss Clairol ad in 1965. Although the image was hard to track down, Stewart herself remembered the stuffed monkey, which helped P&G’s archive department locate the elusive ad.
• P&G’s Radar Men’s Hair Dressing, launched in 1962, was a favorite of Richard Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew. Despite the product not catching on with consumers, the v.p.’s affinity for the scalp conditioner prompted the company to keep up production for a brief period of time.
This story first appeared in the November 30, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
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• Mr. Procter and Mr. Gamble both planned to head farther west, but ended up in Cincinnati seeking medical treatment for cholera: Procter to care for his wife, Martha, and Gamble for himself.
• P&G ceo, Neil H. McElroy left the company in 1957 to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Defense.