David E. Carter

Creativity Center

& Museum

In 1957, 14-year-old David Carter discovered a creative genius named Stan Ferberg. Stan was creating comedy records like nobody had ever done before, and his brand of satire captivated David. He soon began writing every night on his Royal portable typewriter, and before long, he discovered Freberg was creating also funny TV spots that resulted in Advertising Age calling him "the father the funny commercial."


When David declared himself to be an advertising major, he emulated Frebeg's style, and his early radio commercials on WCMI in Ashland had a very "Frebergian" tone. Humor was an element in many of David's major advertising successes.


Fast forward to 1979. David continued to admire Stan's work from afar, but this changed when David attended a creative seminar in Aspen, Colorado. There, an early morning

chance meeting with Stan at a convenience store turned into a long-lasting friendship between the two. (Six weeks after they meet, Stan visited Ashland, and had dinner at David's house after speaking before the largest crowd ever to attend a speech of the Ashland-Ironton Advertising Club.)


Soon, Freberg returned the favor by having David join him for lunch at the Fox Movie Studio in Hollywood where Stan was working on a movie.


In 2000, David and Stan finally worked together on a series of TV commercials, shown here.  Looking back at his career, David remembers Stan as "my hero, my mentor, and my friend."

See Stan Freberg New York Times Obituary.

StanFreberg TV Commercials (3)

David and the "Stan Freberg Shrine" at the Creativity Center Museum.

Stan Freberg speaking at the Ashland-Ironton Ad Club.

Stan Freberg 1926 -2015