Annual Picnic Party!

Mark your calendar:
CHCF’s annual picnic-party

Do you remember the journalist who coined the phrase “Eyewitness News”? Or the professor who urged you to shout, “I am great” when you stood up in his class? 

Remember our good friend?

To honor Les, his friends will gather once again this summer at the home he shared with his wife, Priscilla Ruth MacDougall, at 537 Judson Ave., Evanston. The time is 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21. Columbia College friends will have a special reunion time from 3 to 6 p.m.

This year a $2,500 scholarship has been established in Les’ name and the Chicago Headline Club Foundation awarded the first grant this spring. Arthur C. Nielsen, Les’ longtime friend, donated $5,000 to help launch the scholarship. We have received a few smaller contributions as well — but we hope we can keep this scholarship funded as long as Les lived. Will you help?

You can send a tax-deductible contribution to the Chicago Headline Club Foundation any time. Mail it to CHCF Treasurer Howard Dubin, Manufacturers News, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201.

The suggested donation at the Aug. 21 party will be $20 and there will be plenty to eat and drink. If you contribute $100, we’ll give you a free copy of “Les Brownlee: The Autobiography of a Pioneering African-American Journalist.”

Please RSVP to Susan S. Stevens at or 312-733-1936.

I look forward to seeing you there.


Diane Monk McClelland

President, Chicago Headline Club Foundation