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The Ad That Stole A Christmas Story

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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A CHRISTMAS SPOT Cingular ad • Coming soon, Cialis ads featuring Elf: The New York Times's Stuart Elliott takes a look at the suddenly ubiquitous Cingular Wireless Christmas Story tribute ads. According to Rich Wakefield, executive vice president and executive creative director at BBDO Atlanta, "We are always looking for ideas for holiday ads ... and who in America hasn't seen A Christmas Story?"

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