Chuck harborside at Kotor, Montenegro

Chuck Ebeling has invested decades in designing, building, managing and protecting reputation and communications on the senior staffs of leading corporations in dramatically varied global and domestic industries (McDonald’s, food service; Baxter, medical technology; Toyota, automotive; and Allstate, insurance), as well as for clients of two of the most influential international public relations agencies (Burson Marsteller and Golin), and on boards of not-for-profit organizations representing compelling causes (Ronald McDonald House, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Geneva Lake Conservancy, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center Foundation, Geneva Lake Museum, Environmental Education Foundation), and, for the benefit of future journalists and public relationship professionals through the copyrighted Ebeling PR-ize in cause-related communications at Bradley University and Loyola University Chicago.

A PR=kitect — a designer and builder (PR-kitecture) of relevant public relationships, Chuck leads a mostly quiet personal life, enjoying reading, writing, issues commentary, teaching, land and water conservation, photography and travel with Vicki (not to mention their cats — not for travel, but equally challenging companionship). He thrives on following current issues, the changing news media and communications.

Chuck predicts that the profession of public relations will become increasingly essential, stronger and relevant to communications in a world impacted by the intersection of accelerating change and enduring values. He believes that the door to better worldwide cooperation can be opened through even more interactive communications and transparency.

Writing and broad reading are valuable endeavors to Chuck. Several topics he’s found fascinating are the subjects of his major essays, written under the auspices of the Chicago Literary Club in recent years. For a peek at his copyrighted essays on topics ranging from: a historic appreciation of french fries, to issues of big game conservation and tourism in Kenya, to Samuel Johnson and his clubbable friends of the first Literary Club in London, to the problem and solutions for the outdated Electoral College system for electing U.S. Presidents, to the reconciliation of Dick McDonald with the company to which he gave his name, to the story of Toyota’s early acceleration and use of PR in the U.S. market in the 70s, to memories and reflections on the role of media and politics in the Vietnam War, to the etymology of the use of colors in power and politics, or the equally colorful history of Chicago’s Lindbergh Beacon, or the real story behind Belgian fries potatoes, or the story of the evolution of offices in the late 20th century, visit http://www.chilit.org, the website of the Literary Club, and go to Papers heading, then Papers by Author, then click on “E” to read or download any you wish to pursue. Feel free to share these essays with friends, and join with Chuck in discovering new and even surprising perspectives on these themes. Happy hunting.

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