'Mad Men' opening scene came from 1966 New York Times article

City Room

The scene that opened Sunday's season premiere of "Mad Men," showing three yahoos at Young & Rubicam dropping bags of water on people protesting the Office of Economic Opportunity, came straight from a 1966 New York Times article by John Kifner. It even preserves dialogue Kifner noted as a young reporter. "His story was such that I thought it inviolable,” show creator Matthew Weiner told The New York Times' Michael Wilson. Kifner said he does not remember the story: "I had the poverty beat. It’s so long ago, and so many stories. I can’t remember.”

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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