The magazine reported that the New York Times and other newspapers were approached recently by "a flack from Dan Klores Communications [who] has been calling around trying to advertise Masonic locations in New York, in conjunction with the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets. (Seriously.)"
In the article, Thomas Savini, librarian of the Grand Lodge of New York, is quoted as saying,
"We’ve gotten a lot of bad press over the years. We reached a point we saw ourselves being represented as conspirators or useless old men, neither of which is an accurate representation of Freemasonry. For a couple of centuries, we sat back and stayed quiet and let our actions speak for themselves. But we decided to open up our mouths a little bit more and draw some attention to the positive role that Masons play in the public world."The Times' staff apparently listened long enough to the publicist to write an article of their own, and to get the list of interesting Masonic buildings in New York City so they could put them into their own Google Map.
Attention all Grand Lodges! I am available to work as your publicist. The cost of living being a bit less in Georgia than in New York City, I'll work for 89.5% of whatever the Grand Lodge of New York is paying the publicist it hired from Dan Klores Communications.
Here's a partial list of public relations clients of DKC, from their website:
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CONCERT
4 KIDS ENTERTAINMENT
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE
BANK OF MONTREAL
BRILLSTEIN ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS
CONTINUUM HEALTH PARTNERS
DELTA AIR LINES
FOREST CITY RATNER
GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
HALF MOON BAY, JAMAICA
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINOS
MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
MILLER BREWING COMPANY
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
NEW BALANCE ATHLETIC SHOE CO.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
SIRUS SATELLITE RADIO
THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH FUND
TIME WARNER CENTER
UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
WORLD BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Here's a list of my Grand Lodge clients so far:
Which means I'm currently available.
Really, couldn't every Grand Lodge use a PR guy? Email me today, and I'll get up on my soapbox FOR YOU!
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