Advertising: Goodbye, Mr. Owl

Advertising men sometimes seem as eager to sell themselves as they are to promote their clients' products. A notable and reticent exception is Norman Hulbert Strouse, 61, chairman and for seven years chief executive of J. Walter Thompson, who quietly announced last week that he was going into early retirement. Closing out a 40-year career with the world's largest ad agency, Strouse wanted no fanfare and got none. From his corner office he sorted out personal belongings, which include 100 owls in a collection started in the days when a wise old owl was J. Walter's trademark. Strouse had...