August 13, 2010 | 1:20
Aug. 9-10, 1960: Here are Parts 2 and 3 of Ursula Baumann’s profile of Stan Freberg.
"Mad Men" please take note: “I'm a bitter pill to Madison Avenue because I represent originality and freshness of approach -- the kind of thing that seldom sees the light of day in advertising. The best things done on Madison Avenue are still in the desk drawers of the copywriters who wrote them."
He says he would starve before he played Las Vegas. "I don't want to
help people lose money they can't afford. And that's all an entertainer
is there for -- to be a professional shill."
As for being a perfectionist: "The worst two phrases in the world today are 'It's good enough' and 'Nobody will know the difference.' If it isn't perfect -- or as close as you can make it -- it's NOT good enough. And somebody WILL know the difference."
Baumann says: Freberg credits much of his success to his meticulous craftsmanship, but adds: "It was chance and luck. And I think God has a lot to do with it -- I give God a lot of credit for my success."