Richard Frisbie has created publication formats as consultant to R. R. Donnelley & Sons, the world's largest printer, and worked with a number of publishers on both circulation and advertising promotion. He edited Chicago magazine for two years. He also has edited magazines and newsletters sponsored by clients ranging from Chrysler Corporation and Capital Cities Communications to the Claretian Fathers and Brothers.
He overhauled Traffic Safety magazine for the National Safety Council and edited it for two years. (He also wrote the circulation promotion copy.)
Frisbie started out with the old Chicago Daily News, where he was a writer and editor for seven years. As the author of 400 magazine articles and seven books, he has appeared on local and national radio and television shows.
His books have been reviewed in a wide range of publications, from Parents magazine to Business Week to The New York Times. (See list of books.)
During his big-agency days, he worked on many major accounts and won awards for both print and broadcast advertising. In recent years, he has served as a creative resource for advertising agencies and sales promotion companies as well as certain advertisers.
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When McGraw-Edison merged with Studebaker-Worthington, Frisbie was called in to write a special publication explaining it all to the employees of both corporations. When Northern Illinois Gas first became Nicor, Inc., he wrote the sound/filmstrip introducing the new logo to the board of directors. When Sears Roebuck wished to revive its traditional image, he wrote the scenarios for the illustrations used on the covers of the fall and the Christmas catalogs that year.
These are examples of many special communications assignments for major clients. A series of public service television spots written and produced by Frisbie Communications for the Claretians played free in 125 cities.
Frisbie helped organize and served initially as executive secretary of the National Satellite Cable Association.
Frisbie has been president of the Illinois Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress; the Society of Midland Authors; the Arlington Heights public library (www.ahml.info); and the North Suburban Library System (www.nsls.info), a state-funded co-operative of libraries in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. He served for 44 years as an Arlington Heights library trustee, concluding in April, 2011. He served four terms as president.
The Illinois Library Association in 2004 named him trustee of the year and gave him the ILA Intellectual Freedom Award. The Society of Midland Authors in 2000 gave him an award for a "Lifetime of Literary Achievement."
Biographical reference: Who's Who in America (55th to 58th edition).