JWT closes shop, ending an era.
April 4, 2009
And then we came to the end…
The shuttering of JWT Chicago caught me by surprise. I felt the exact opposite as when I found out about the Chicago Bears acquiring Jay Cutler. Stunned. Both events represented the end of eras. One delightful. One not.
I don’t mean to be glib. I feel terrible. JWT has been a part of the Chicago advertising scene longer than the Bears were a sports franchise.
I’m going to write a more thoughtful piece about JWT Chicago. It deserves better than this. Many of my friends and colleagues worked at this once-venerable office. I, myself, almost worked there three times. Again, I’ll go into this more on Monday.
For now, I’m going to bed. But not without saying my prayers. God bless the 50 souls who lost their jobs today. And thank you for mine.