Wiry, bustling Bernard Cornelius Duffy, 48, president of the big Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn advertising agency, has the occupational ailment of his trade: peptic ulcers. He works at such a man-eating pace that, as he says, "I only call home if, by happy surprise, I can get there for supper."

Last week, Ben Duffy got some balm for his wounds. Advertising Age, the industry's bible, reported that fast-growing B.B.D. & O. had crowded Young & Rubicam out of second place among U.S. agencies, ringing up total billings of $81.4 million, $400,000 more...

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