November 11 – Happy Birthday Dennis Drenzek

Drenzek2The first time I met Dennis Drenzek was back in the 1980’s at the DTV Agency in Schenectady. My unit at GE was putting together a promotional mailing and their firm was pitching us on it. His partner at that firm, Ken Drum was the guy who had always called on us so when Dennis walked into their conference room I did not know who he was but I knew that I had seen him before and probably several times. He gave me that same sort of once over and when we were introduced we asked each other in unison, “Are you from Amsterdam?”

Dennis was one of the most gifted graphic designers and artists in the Capital District. After graduating from Wilbur Lynch High School in the Class of 1964 he had continued his studies at the Parson School of Design in New York City. Back in the days when General Electric Company did just about everything internally, Dennis was hired by GE’s in-house advertising agency acronymically referred to as A&SPO. After meeting Dennis that first time I asked some of my older GE colleagues about him and they said that when he worked for A&SPO, internal customers would say “We want Dennis on this!”

He left GE to start his own firm here in Amsterdam with partners Larry Stahl and Steve Alvin. They called it Those Guys…

You can read the rest of my story about this talented Amsterdam artist in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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