Remembering Dantz Development’s “Drink Different” Posters

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Remember Apple’s “Think different” ad campaign and its striking posters of historical figures? What you probably don’t remember is that backup company Dantz Development parodied the posters for decorations at its late-1990s Macworld Expo parties. Here they all are.

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I don’t remember the posters, but I do have the shot glasses from 3 or 4 years worth of parties (which IIRC, were only held in SF, not Boston or New York).

As for the people featured on the posters, I’ve got John Wayne and Lucille Ball, but don’t recognize the others well enough to even guess at names.


Marilyn Monroe. It’s one of her very famous, and considered at the time, extremely racy and scandalous towel shots.

Carey Grant carrying a glass of milk in Suspicion. It’s one of the most creepy scenes in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s creepiest movies. And there was a lightbulb in the glass to make the milk suspiciously glow:

John Wayne. In addition to be decades long star/hero in westerns, was also appeared in beer, liquor and cigarette ad campaigns. The booze ads were taglined “I never trust a man who doesn’t drink.”

Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.

Elizabeth Taylor in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Just about as scandalous as Monroe in a towel.

The Lucille Ball photo is from one of her best skits, and was filmed in one take with no rehearsals. The segment is one of the best from THE leading lady of physical comedy and facial gestures:

Red Skelton, a star and master of circus, vaudeville, film, radio and television. He’s still considered one of the best character drunks in in each medium. Here he is in Deadeye with John Wayne:


And Marilyn pegs it!

Cary Grant’s glass of milk might also contain poison, I gather. I haven’t seen Suspicion, but it sounds seriously creepy.

Full disclosure: on my first pass, I incorrectly guessed Sophia Loren for Elizabeth Taylor and had no idea about Red Skelton—just before my time.

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Thanks, and Suspicion is one of Hitch’s best, IMHO, below Psycho, The Lady Vanishes, and North By Northwest. Hitchcock was forced by the studio to change and reshoot the ending. He bitched and moaned about the ending until he died.

And if Macs were available when Suspicion was shot, they wouldn’t have had to rig the glass of milk.

I somehow missed getting those two, although I do have the 2001 shot glass. I apparently don’t do shots often enough (well, ever) for mine to have acquired the patina yours enjoy. :tumbler_glass:

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At my house, we do shots of maple syrup.

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Currently hanging in our bathroom…


Craig! So nice to see you here, and it’s great that that poster lives on. Were you the marketing genius at Dantz behind these party decorations? :slight_smile:


Kerry MacInnes directed the effort. :slight_smile:

Kerry, of course! Another name from the past.