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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard P. Frisbie  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1926 in Moline, Illinois

Died: 2018 in Arlington Heights, Illinois

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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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Do-It-Yourself Parent
ISBN: 0971365105

Performance Power Press. 2001

Ideas and resources for family activities to enrich your children's education and increase their love of learning. This chronicle of experiences raising eight children will amuse and inspire you. Revised Book Lists and Resources include websites offering materials and information. A treasure chest of ideas for every family.

A do-it-yourself guide to family fun and recreation (Marriage paperback library)

Abbey Press. 1964

How to peel a sour grape;: An impractical guide to successful failure,

Sheed and Ward. 1965


Who put the bomb in Father Murphy's chowder?: Irreverent essays,
ISBN: B0006BU89Q

Doubleday. 1968

It's a wise woodsman who knows what's biting him

Doubleday. 1969

Advice for the weekend outdoorsman

Daily Meditations (With Scripture) for Busy Grandpas
ISBN: 0879461829

Acta Pubns. 1999

Book by Frisbie, Richard