His journalism degree from the University of Florida firmly in hand, future writer-director Hugh Wilson journeyed to NYC to crack the advertising business but met a brick wall instead, eventually settling for a position as shipping clerk with the Armstrong Cork Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There he met Jay Tarses and Tom Patchett, two aspiring stand-up comedians who would later give him his first break in show business. Soon after they left to follow their dream, Wilson returned to the South and began as a copywriter at the Atlanta-based advertising agency Burton-Campbell. Over the next ten years, he worked his way up to creative director and finally president of the company, producing and directing TV commercials. While he was visiting Los Angeles in 1975, Patchett and Tarses offered him a job writing for the hugely successful "Bob Newhart Show", and the three collaborated again on "The Tony Randall Show" (ABC and CBS, 1976-78), with Wilson acting as writer, director and producer. The pilot "The Chopped Liver Brothers" (ABC, 1977) marked the threesome's last collaboration.