David Charles Horn

David Charles Horn was born in London on June 23, 1935. He lived in Ealing and then Hanwell, where he attended school and where his family weathered most of World War II. His father died while he was still a teenager. David continued his studies until circumstances compelled him to enter the workplace. His love of writing led him to an internship at Young and Rubican Advertising, where he advanced from the traffic department to become a copywriter in a few short years.

When he turned 26, David moved to New York City. It was the sixties, and America seemed full of promise. He found a job quickly, and within two months had met his future wife, Francine Kornsweet. They made each other’s acquaintance in the unlikely setting of a ferry ride to Fire Island. Their close partnership would last for some forty years.

The following summer, David received a job offer at Dentsu Advertising agency in Tokyo as Creative Director of the International Department. Within weeks and much to the surprise of their families, he and Francine married and left America. They would spend an exciting two years in Japan while David worked on a number of successful advertising campaigns, creating such slogans as “ A moment in time brought to you by Bulova” and “The fastest phone booth in the world” (to describe the new Bullet train).

The Horns eventually left Japan for London, where they thought they would settle down. However, after only six months, the London weather and their own restlessness persuaded them to continue their adventures. Their travels led them to Beirut, where the Six-day War stymied David’s plans to start a new advertising agency. They traveled through Syria and Turkey, and finally back to the United States, where they would remain permanently.

David continued his career in advertising working at Grey Advertising, Darcy, and Kenyon & Ekhardt. In his spare time he wrote a children’s book, Charlie For Now and a screenplay Love Life of A Strange Bird, on which he collaborated with a coworker. Neither was published. Always the entrepreneur, David soon founded New Ads USA, a publication that reported on all advertising of consequence in print, radio, and television. It was well received and was sold to agencies in both New York and London.

In 1975 the Horns began work on a fashion publication and consultancy based in New York City. Here & There reported on international fashion and forecasted fashion trends two years in advance of the season.  It was further defined as “a fashion view with a point of view,” as each issue contained an editorial page written by David. He began by commenting exclusively on fashion but quickly progressed to controversial issues such as gay marriage, right wing politics, religion, loss of freedom, abortion rights, and smoking bans. His editorials were alternately charming, insightful, and controversial, and he left a diverse archive covering the years 1975-2000.

Here & There published fourteen times a year, and the issues averaged some 150 pages. When David was not formatting or writing for the publications he was photographing the European, Japanese, and American collections. The publication initially offered slide packages which were subsequently replaced by CDs and a website. David was a man of vision and conviction. He built a company based on integrity and professionalism and set a standard that inspired many in the industry.

In the nineteen-eighties, David became a U.S. citizen. He was a British National by birth and an American by choice. David appreciated the opportunity for success that America had afforded him, though he maintained his European roots, eventually building Francine and his dream house in the south of France.

At 62 David retired from the office, though he still continued to write the point of view editorial and the headlines in addition to vetting all the copy for Here & There. But he reduced his daily routine and with the time afforded him, settled in to write a novel, Curls On A Beach Past. Though some interest was expressed, the novel was never published, and David went on to start another. He did not give up until he was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2000. He lost this final battle on December twenty-second of that year.

David Charles Horn was both a gifted and a sensitive man. He was a fine writer. His personal disappointments never made him envy those recognized in the endeavor he cherished and aspired to. David’s diversity and talent were evident in all aspects of his life. His dedication to the arts, in particular to the written word, lives on through the David Charles Horn Foundation. His legacy will help to foster and better the many playwrights struggling to achieve their own recognition.