About Phil

June 2013, I retired from RR Donnelley, one of America’s great, historic, family-founded companies. After 41 wonderful years in the direct marketing field, I am enjoying the break. Still, there remains the satisfaction of knowing that you get letters when you write them, and if you add a few zeros to that, it is a very successful business model.

Nowadays, I write to amuse and awaken.

In addition to this blog, I have published a couple of books, which is a lot easier today than in the past.  Write me for hard copies, or you can download by clicking the links below.

Roarg: A Dragon’s Quest

Crick, Honor, Willow and Sage are hunters in the village of  Juniper, just off of the Arbor Woods.  They encounter a dragon who has wandered far from home in pursuit of Magu an evil monster.   The chase is  an urgent matter of life and death, not only for the hunters, but for their village, as Magu extracts a hefty price for satisfaction.     At 90 pages, Roarg is a perfect chapter book, a page turner for readers aged 7-11 years.




Many Happy Returns — Rules, Reckonings and Tales Told From The Mailbox

Revealing stories from a direct mail playbook: strategy , creation, and production of direct mail that delivers outstanding results. Browse through more than 140 stories, discoveries and observations of direct marketing success, and blunders.  Here you will find direct mail math revealed, strategies to live by, and memorable disasters and triumphs that underline the intricate mechanics of direct marketing.  Laced with humor and sober advice, Many Happy Returns is a primer for some, and a reminder for those who have seen it all, and then some.  180 pages.


5 thoughts on “About Phil

  1. It’s a sign of my diminished state that I accidentally let WordPress send the announcement out broadly. I didn’t mean to clutter everyone’s mailbox, especially with a mysterious announcement about a post they couldn’t access. It’s mostly just notes for the postop and the morbidly curious, and to make sure I don’t do a Rush Limbaugh with the drugs.

    Anyway, the password is “hernia”. It’s OK to share it with anyone, though I doubt that it’s of broad interest!



  2. Bernie says:

    Hello Phil,

    I do remember you while you were in Delhi. However, I was in a slightly older age group which included your brother Chis. I have memories of him as being a good, intelligent student who most likely continued on successfully involved in a happy and productive life. Perhaps, in one of your Facebook entries you could place a few interesting words about Chris, or use one of the addresses below.

    I enjoyed immensely your story regarding the tobacco growing business and the story regarding Big Creek. I also spent some years as a labourer in the tobacco fields as a teenager. l left Delhi at age 18, earned a B.Sc. At the University of Waterloo, attended teachers college in London and spent my whole teaching career at KLCVI in the northern Ontario town of Kirkland Lake. After retiring, I have spent the last 20 years as a volunteer archivist in our local museum amongst other things.

    In my retirement I also wrote a book regarding the life and death stories of the 309 miners that lost their lives in our local mines during the 20th century. The book is titled Lamps Forever Lit- A Memorial to Kirkland Lake Area Miners.If you wish, you can get more info re. this book by typing my name or the title of the book into your favourite search engine. The 3000 copies printed sold out quickly.

    Bernie Jaworsky
    21 Upper Canada Drive
    Dobie, Ontario
    P0K IB0


    • Hi Bernie! I have emailed you because I had a lot to share. I am glad you wrote. I am totally in awe s you navigated the lower half of Big Creek, something I always wanted to do. Awesome!


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