With a tilt of her heel and a spark in her
laugh, she waved goodbye to the driver and paused at a nearby newsstand to
pick up a pack of Denton Chewing Gum™. As heiress to the Denton
Chewing Gum Empire, DeeAnna Denton™ felt it her obligation to always
carry a pack in her purse.
“You going to actually chew that
stuff?” a handsome bystander in a tilted blue fedora commented as he
give Miss Denton a thorough once over.
DeeAnna dismissed his comment with a simple,
yet cool, “Yes…and you, sir should mind your own business.” She then
glided away in her cherry red silk suit into the bustle that was Madison
Avenue of the 1950s.
It was no small feat that DeeAnna’s
father, George Denton, had built his sprawling company on a single
product, but he often knew how to be in the right place at the right time,
and he always kept a close ear to his daughter’s clandestine, but sharp,
observations about the candy industry. So much so that rival Jupiter
Candy Company™ felt a sharp decline in mint sales because of Denton’s
positioning. DeeAnna would hold her own, though…greeting candy rival
heiress, Janet Harcourt, at Park Avenue galas and soirées in the
Hamptons with smiles and stunningly sumptuous fashions. DeeAnna shared her
father’s taste for only the best, and her wardrobe deliciously displayed
that to society.
On that same fateful day to be so rudely
and publicly admonished for consuming her own company’s product, DeeAnna
Denton™ later joined her father at Seasons on Park for lunch…only to be
introduced to a guest with a familiar tilted blue hat. DeeAnna broke into a
cool and sophisticated smile as she was introduced to Max Martin, the
now-nervous ad executive at Wyland & Reeves Advertising Agency™,
joining George Denton to sign a new contract worth a king’s ransom.
DeeAnna Denton™ sparkled to her
father, and confidently returned the introduction with a flat, “We’ve
Responding to George’s gesture at her
chair, DeeAnna giggled silently inside – she thought acidly of Mr. Martin’s
earlier comment about her gum…and the fact he had one of the most
charming smiles in Manhattan.