I just found out that my good friend and former colleague at DDB Chicago, Yvonne Jablonski, has passed away.
This saddens me for several reasons.
She was too young to die.
She was great fun.
And, I had been meaning to reconnect with her but hadn’t. I don’t think she was on Facebook. I’m pretty sure she wasn’t.
Yvonne was a working class Chicago Polish gal. She had edges to her.
She liked to have a good time and she was very funny.
Yvonne was a Production Business Manager at DDB. It was her job to deal with all the details and finances from the various commercial productions on the accounts that she was responsible for. It was a lot of work. Yvonne worked very hard.
From what I gathered from Yvonne, doing all of this could be a major pain in the ass. Or “pain in the ayasss” as she might say.
But she did it with a smile and a laugh and a shake of her head.
Yvonne was also always a very reliable bellwether for my ideas. She would tell you what she honestly thought.
And if Yvonne Jablonski didn’t like your idea, maybe your idea wasn’t so friggin’ hot.
Yvonne had a very vivid and positive energy about her.
And she will be missed by all who knew her.
Goodbye Yvonne. And hopefully you don’t have to take a friggin’ elevator ride just to have a smoke in heaven.