All posts by John Jonelis

Writer “I believe the power of story can translate the abstract into tangible form. We experience story at the gut level. We visualize it. We understand and remember it.” As editor of Chicago Venture Magazine, John writes the story of business. As a novelist, he writes the story of life. A Kellogg MBA with a passion for original projects and a history of innovation in widely diverse fields, he is published in professional journals on subjects ranging from air pollution control to the financial markets. He patented seven inventions, developed the Revelation suite of trading algorithms and his paintings hang in museums, galleries and private collections. His novel, THE GAMEMAKER’S FATHER, is now available and his next, ROYA FETOVA, is coming soon. For a free consultation, contact John at John.Jonelis@gmail.com

SABBATICAL


Tahiti TBy Mark T Wayne

“He’s in Tahiti,” says Loop Lonagan. “Dat’s where Jonelis is. Them guys at Heartland Angels oughta know.”

Speaking strictly for myself, I see no excuse for a man like Lonagan and place no weight on his opinions. I may fire him—I have not yet decided. After all, Jonelis ain’t here. He announced a sabbatical and disappeared. That is correct, sir! I am in charge! That is my hat on the hook. Those are my boots resting on the WWII Air Force desk. I will take this opportunity to exercise my power as I see fit. Any fool that criticizes my splendid white suit or magnificent mustache may face instant dismissal! Continue reading SABBATICAL

UNDERESTIMATING THE COMPETITION


Olga of Kiev Tby Robert Jonelis

Ever face a crisis situation? Raw panic? Of course you have. We’ve all been burned by miscalculation, greed, and shoddy research. People have been making the same mistakes for quite a long time and a young woman from the 10th Century can teach us a pointed lesson about the importance of accurately sizing up the competition. Continue reading UNDERESTIMATING THE COMPETITION

A LOOP LONAGAN CHRISTMAS


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This is outrageous. I’m concentrating on my computer screen when a huge mitt grabs me by the back of the belt and plucks me from my chair. Next thing I’m dangled high over the desk, arms and legs flailing till I steady my balance and end up nose-to-nose with Big Bill Blair, our urban Paul Bunyan.

“‘Scuse me, Mr. Jonelis,” he says in a slow polite rumble that carries with it a stale smell of corned beef and cigar.

Big Bill slowly chews gum. Looks disinterested. Acts like nothing’s unusual.

I know he once terrorized jobsites for Boilermaker Local 1, but he’s supposed to be tame now—supposed to be working for me. Cripes, I even took him fishing this summer! Yet this guy just reaches across my big WWII Air Force desk and picks me up as if I were a gum wrapper. Continue reading A LOOP LONAGAN CHRISTMAS

INJURIES TREATED BADLY


Team Interval 7

by John Jonelis

Kids are dropping dead on the athletic field. Dead! These are our kids—those highly cherished and precocious little brats, grades K-12. Just a few years back we suffered a miserable year—120 deaths according to the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. Here’s a huge problem waiting to get fixed.

I recall Coach Bodle from my high school years. “Hey kid,” he’d say, “Scrape yerself off da ground. Yuh got yer bell rung is all. Shake it off! Da team needs yuh. Get back out there and gimme a hunert ‘n’ twenty percent!” An inspiring speech. Always got results. Players knew the alternative. During my moments of serious academic pursuit, I’d draw Coach Bodle in the margins of my textbook. The result always came out looking like the Frankenstein Monster. This was a guy whose claim to fame was an ejection due to unnecessary roughness in a semi-pro football game. But I made allowances for his furious temper. Had no alternative. Anyway, I figured the guy got his bell run too many times.

That was a different era. Nowadays coaching is a profession. They know better. The liability is huge. People can go to jail. Eighty percent of athletic injuries happen at the high school level. Same old/same old doesn’t cut it and the demand for change rings powerful and loud.

Tonight I get to see Tyrre Burks, founder of Team Interval tell us what he proposes to do about it. Continue reading INJURIES TREATED BADLY

THE GIRL WITH THE BLACK LEATHER PANTS


FFF 9-17-14 JAJ-2111-3001by John Jonelis

This is a winner. You wanna wow the judges? Win the crowd? Get your game face on, kiddo! Hit ‘em with real passion, overflowing personality and a canon shot of enthusiasm. State what you want to do with bravado. With humor. With intelligence. With dazzle and power. While you’re at it, throw in a pair of fitted black leather pants so they’ll sit up and bark. It never hurts to be feminine and smart. By the way, she’s an award-winning mathematician from MIT.

Really!

This is Joy Tang and she’s pitching InstanTagThe Social Fashion Network at the Funding Feeding Frenzy in Chicago—a private equity arena with no speed limit in an industry dominated by sweaty men. Men pack the judging panel. Men pack the audience. That doesn’t stop her.

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LIES ABOUT PARADISE


Canada 2014-8643ATas told by Mark T Wayne

I recognize a sharp character flaw among outdoorsmen of all sorts—an uncontrollable urge to exaggerate—particularly after an excursion to a wilderness such as northern Manitoba. Permit me to treat you to a few horror stories of the Great North Woods. I promise to debunk them all.

Mobs of Tourists

Multitudes of crude drinking-age folk and their dirty urchins shack up in run-down resorts and shabby private cabins. They dot the shores and pollute these once-fine waters. Long, loud lines form at boat ramps. Rough individuals engage in open hostility.

Mark T Wayne

Huge speedboats, stinking of gasoline and oil, cut across fishermen’s lines. Meanwhile, high-speed suicide boats equipped with 150 horsepower motors shoot up rooster tails of greasy water as they propel themselves gunnel to gunnel at 70 miles per hour in a desperate competition for the rare undisturbed fishing spot. Continue reading LIES ABOUT PARADISE

FISH STORY


Canada 2014-8780Atas told by Mark T Wayne

Fishermen are liars!

After a superb day of fishing in the Canadian Wilderness, I prepare to utter my first exaggeration when Jonelis comes in with this monstrous THING. Look at it sir! This stretches all limits of credulity!

Naturally I object and make accusations of foul play. Just look at that fish!

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Jonelis and his “Pike”

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