In 1977, Jack Guthrie used a pay phone to capture his first client, Glenmoore Distilleries. Guthrie was leaving his post as chief organizer of the Kentucky Derby festival to start his own Louisville-based PR agency, Guthrie/Mays Public Relations. One day, as he was walking from his old Derby office to his new digs, he decided to call his old mentor, the president of Glenmoore Distilleries.
"He had told me to call him when I started my own shop, so I didn't waste much time, said Guthrie. "The phone lines were still being installed in our office, so I simply used the pay phone on the way to my new office."
That was 25 years ago. Today, Guthrie and his 21-person staff are celebrating the $2 million, still-independent agency's Silver Jubilee.
Guthrie/Mays Public Relations still boasts two of its original clients: Regional Airport Authority, and Philip Morris USA.
Happy birthday, guys.