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They came, they saw, they conquered! 
(Monday, July 09, 2007, from an earlier blog)

Look at the logo below, beneath the two opposing lions on this familiar emblem--see the coat of arms in the middle?  

"I came, I saw, I conquered,."
or, "We came, we saw, we conquered.")

My outrage at discovering this incredible Philip-Morris logo boldly emblazoned upon each and every pack of Marlboro (Marlboro Lights and Marlboro Ultra-Lights) cigarettes for the past 51 years, enabled me to stop smoking in the 90's. That, and the reality that while the major tobacco companies were busy denying before Congress that they had ever manipulated nicotine levels in cigarettes in order to knowingly addict users, Craig Fuller, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Philip-Morris, was serving as the chairman of the Republican National Convention.  Seemed like a blatant conflict of interest to me....

Here's what he's been up to:  

President & CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). Prior to joining NACDS, he was Managing Director & Chairman of Global Board Services at Korn/Ferry International. Previously, he was President of the Wexler Group until its acquisition by Hill & Knowlton where Mr. Fuller served as President of its U.S. Operations and head of worldwide public affairs. Prior, he was Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Philip Morris Companies and also served as Chairman of the 1992 Republican National Convention. Mr. Fuller has an extensive background in federal affairs, having served as Assistant to the President for Cabinet Affairs for President Ronald Reagan and Chief of Staff to Vice President George Bush. He later served as Co-Director of President-elect Bush's Presidential transition team. Mr. Fuller is a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the George Bush Presidential Library, and serves on the board of Capital Automotive REIT.  (courtesy of

Iteresting resume.
For four long years in high school I studied and did poorly at Latin.
Reading the Phil-Morris logo that day, however, I knew who had been
To see more images of P-M's logo, go

Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Thanks for listening,