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I thought I was done joining any Zoom calls after normal business hours. But I made an exception for one, namely because it featured a marketer who I wanted to learn more about: my namesake.

Yes, this David Berkowitz (not that David Berkowitz) was on a Zoom call that featured David Berkowitz (not that David Berkowitz), and it was the story of someone who made a living (not a killing) as a marketer.

The call’s title was the unassuming “Profiles of Local Holocaust Survivor-Owned Businesses in South Jersey,” hosted by Stockton College. One of those businesses, Dave’s Fantastic, was owned by my grandparents, David and Esther. You can read about their business and others on Stockton’s new site dedicated to the subject.

One of the captions beside the photo spread read, “The food stand boomed after a widely published promotion of Dave’s mile-long hot dogs.”

Now, I hate to dishonor my grandparents’ memory, but this was a complete fabrication. I conducted extensive research on hot dog length, and according to Guinness World Records, “The longest hot dog measured 203.80 m (668 ft 7.62 in) and was made by Novex S.A. (Paraguay) at the Expoferia 2011, in Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay, on 15 July 2011.” That is merely one-eighth of a mile, and while my grandfather was adept at escaping Nazis and avoiding the Gulag, he was prone to exaggerating his feats of meat.

My grandmother had shared more about this story in her epic autobiography, Through Siberia with Bed and Babies. Toward the end of the book, she wrote about Dave’s Fantastic:

“During this time, David opened a restaurant, Dave’s Fantastic Foods, on Virginia and the Boardwalk, mainly for breakfast and lunch. He served eggs and sizzling sausage, corn on the cob, and Dave’s mile-long hot dogs. A Boardwalk artist made a portrait of our oldest grandson, Joel, eating a mile-long hot dog, holding it with his two little hands. We hung it in the restaurant; it was a wonderful advertisement for Dave’s restaurant. Everybody loved the restaurant and Dave… We worked like horses because we needed a good deal of money to educate our children.”

To think that it was an ad campaign that helped pay for my father’s education and in turn my own upbringing.

Just how much do I owe to that one ad campaign?

As I carry out my corporate marketing role at the mission-critical platform for omnichannel advertising (I’m an unabashed marketer, alright?) and continue to explore ways for the community to create opportunities for thousands of other marketers, that Zoom call with Stockton College was a wake-up call.

A lot of advertising can be frivolous and fatuous. It can be misleading and malicious. It can be divisive and despicable.

And then there are ads like Grandpop Dave’s. A great campaign can change the course of a business, and it can change people’s lives.

What David and Esther did with their marketing was nothing short of fantastic.

And we can aspire for all our marketing to live up to that mile-high standard.

David

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Other job resources:

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