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General Information

Name:  Jim Morris  

Pen Name: Chairman Jimmy

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Boston, Massachusetts

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Illinois Connection

I have lived in Illinois since I was two. I grew up in Park Forest, Illinois, "America's Model Community", attended Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. I've lived and worked my entire adult life in Chicago, and more recently, in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

As both copywriter and creative director, Jim has been creating evocative, highly human, award-winning advertising for 30 years. Armed with a degree in philosophy and an unnatural fondness for hippos, Jim served time as copywriter and creative director at several ad agencies, including FCB and DDB Worldwide. He has enjoyed a thriving freelance copywriting business for most of the past 15 years. Jim also served on the faculty of Columbia College for 12 years as a copywriting instructor, wrote a monthly column for Screen for five years, and contributes to several blogs, most notably his own at’s accomplishments include authoring dozens of successful taglines, including “We are Flintstones Kids, Ten Million Strong and Growing,” the cornerstone of one of the longest-running active campaigns of the last half century; and creating an international branding campaign for Lions Clubs International, from tagline through TV. His advertising work and other writing can be seen on his other website,

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) I speak on various advertising topics, particularly the many things that ail the industry. I also speak on the specific topic of taglines (slogans) because that is my specialty. I will speak anywhere in the United States.

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