Photo: Rosie Barnes, April 2020
Everyone needs a little luck. Perhaps my greatest – and happiest – piece of luck ever was to be paired with Martin Galton by John Hegarty.
We were an arranged professional marriage. Plonked with each other (he: art director, me: copywriter) at Bartle Bogle Hegarty in 1986, we shared an office for nearly nine years and then again, later, at Leagas Delaney. We continue to laugh together to this day.
If I start trying to describe Martin’s strengths, inventiveness, humanity and energy, we’d be here forever. He is one of the greatest forces of good in my life. Instead, during our years as a pair, a picture gallery appeared at our office door. It became a sort of fixture.
There were in-jokes and specific references that will be lost to many. That said, a quick skim might provide a sense of Martin Galton, the man, and the lives we led. With apologies for picture quality, spelling, immature childishness and typewriter-era mistakes, here is a reproduction of our office wall from 1986 onwards, more or less in full. Martin evidently had many relations…