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Name:  Richard P. Frisbie  

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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1926 in Moline, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Frisbie was born in Moline, grew up in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood and lived in Arlington Heights until his death.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Frisbie was one of the Quiz Kids on the popular 1940s and 1950s radio and TV show of the same name. He attended St. Ignatius High School in Chicago, where he lettered in football. He attended the University of Chicago until he was drafted into the Navy in World War II. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona after the war.

After graduating, Frisbie got a job as a news reporter and then assistant features editor for the Chicago Daily News. After leaving the Daily News, he moved into the world of advertising, eventually becoming creative director of Campbell Ewald’s Chicago office.

In 1966, he opened Richard Frisbie Communications, where he worked until he retired in his 80s. He also was editor of Chicago Magazine from 1971 to 1973, and was a frequent contributor to a wide array of magazines.

He was a 44-year member of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board, including serving four terms as its president, where he was a strong advocate for intellectual freedom. He also served a term as president of the Illinois Center for the Book and as president of the Society of Midland Authors, for which he also was a longtime board member. The Illinois Library Association in 2004 named him trustee of the year and gave him the ILA Intellectual Freedom Award. He also served a term as president of the North Suburban Library System.

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