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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  jim Proebstle  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Proebstle lives in Deer Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim Proebstle has a BA and MBA from Michigan State University. After a corporate business career including IBM, Xerox and Bell&Howell, Jim formed Prodyne, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in top-line revenue performance improvements through sales, management effectiveness and customer satisfaction initiatives.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

In the Absence of Honor
ISBN: 1934572047

Emerald Book Company. 2008

When Jake Lorenz retreats to his family's cabin in the North Minnesota woods for the winter, he s looking for peace, quiet, and time to reflect on the loss of his wife and his job. But instead, he finds destruction and death--a gruesome murder scene on his very doorstep. The more he discovers about the death, the deeper he is drawn into a shadowy struggle for land, wealth, and power. There are forceful men who don t want him to search any further: the corrupt tribal council that controls the nearby Ojibwe casino, the secretive and antisocial plutocrat who owns half the peninsula, and the ruthless Indian Mafia, to name a few. But to save the community he loves, which is set in this harsh and lovely wilderness, Jake must battle personal demons and the deadly forces of man and nature to learn the truth.

With origins dating back 200 years and outcomes that could appear in tomorrow's newspaper, In the Absence of Honor whisks readers through a tale of conspiracy, fraud, deception, and betrayal--that reverberate from a small northern community and Indian reservation to powerful forces in Washington, D.C.

Fatal Incident
ISBN: 1934572772

Emerald Book Company. 2011

Minnesotan Nick Morgan overcomes the hardships of life during the Depression with the thrill of flying. The rush he shares with his soon-to-be wife, Martha, as they barnstorm small Midwestern towns offering plane rides for a dollar, forges a love for each other and a sense of freedom to last a lifetime. But in 1943, Nick must leave Martha, now pregnant, to become a WWII pilot in Alaska for the army's newly formed Air Transport Command. In this uncharted and inaccessible landscape, Nick joins U.S. forces, who have set up a strategic defense position against Japan, and an Lend-Lease supply program that trains Soviet pilots with U.S. aircraft for their war with Germany.

The remoteness of Alaska also draws the attention of Manhattan Project scientists in New Mexico as a possible site for atomic bomb testing. When Nick Morgan and his Okie crop-duster copilot, Red, are tapped by the Manhattan Project for classified flying duty over the isolated Yukon Flats region, they have no idea that they will be caught up in a Soviet plot aimed at stealing top-secret bomb and test site development documents. After Nick's plane goes down in a botched hijacking attempt by a Russian agent, all three crewmembers and eighteen military passengers are presumed dead by the U.S. military.

A much-delayed recovery effort, however, reveals there to be at least one survivor, with many bodies missing from the crash site. This sparks a massive search to find the person who escaped with the documents, but a CIA cover-up to conceal the potentially disastrous breach in national security blocks all communication with survivor families in their need for information. Inspired by the true events of an Air Transport Command aircraft disaster in Alaska in 1944, Fatal Incident will attract any reader interested in conspiracy, espionage, and stories of love during wartime.

Unintended Impact: One Athlete's Journey from Concussions in Amateur Football to CTE Dementia
ISBN: 1592988830

Beaver's Pond Press, Inc.. 2015

After suffering concussions in high school and college, Dick struggled unknowingly with the onset of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) dementia. For decades, he fought the demons trapping him in an ever-shrinking world: diminished short-term memory, limited executive functioning, interpersonal shortcomings, paranoia, and failed physical capabilities. As an athlete, he was revered, yet success turned traitor as getting his ''bell rung'' in football led to a world of confusion and confinement.

Nobody will remember a backup college quarterback, but Dick's story bridges the glamour of NFL football--its high-profile athletes and the preliminary $765 million settlement for CTE dementia--with the harsh reality that millions of former amateur players may be suffering anonymously with the same concussion-induced devastation of CTE dementia.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Proebstle is available for a wide variety of small or large events. Contact him directly at or 847-323-4144 for scheduling.

Concussions and Amateur Football Program

Concussions from amateur football are a major concern to parents, coaches, players, administrators, and fans. Success turns traitor as the potential long-term impact from concussions and the onset of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

dementia is real. Proebstle’s new non-fiction book, Unintended Impact One Athlete’s Journey from Concussions in Amateur Football to CTE Dementia, provides a reality check and human interest understanding to the devastation that concussions received in the glory years can bring to an athlete’s adult life. (Adults; 45 min; fee negotiable with permission to sell books)