Jack Mabley

Jack Arnold Mabley (October 26, 1915 – January 6, 2006) was an American newspaper reporter and columnist.

Jack Mabley
Jack Arnold Mabley

October 26, 1915
DiedJanuary 6, 2006(2006-01-06) (aged 90)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
OccupationReporter, columnist
Spouse(s)Frances Habeck (1940–2006; his death)

Early life and careerEdit

Mabley was born on October 26, 1915 in Binghamton, New York, to Clarence Ware Mabley (born Clarence Ware Mable) and Mabelle née Howe, a concert pianist.

After studying journalism at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and graduating in 1938, Mabley worked for the City News Bureau, the Associated Press, and then as a reporter for the 'Chicago Daily News before serving four years as a U.S. Navy lieutenant during the war. He returned to the Daily News in 1948 as a columnist. He joined the Chicago American in 1961, and remained there as a columnist and associate editor until, now a tabloid known as Chicago Today, it folded in 1974.

Mabley then took up a long-standing post as the well-respected columnist of the Chicago Tribune, writing some 8,000 columns on a wide range of issues. In his later years he became columnist of the suburban Daily Herald from which he finally retired in 2004, at around 88 years.

In addition to his journalistic career, Mabley operated a corporate communications business from Chicago, hosting a nightly radio show. He also served as president of the Chicago suburb of Glenview for a number of years.

Later careerEdit

The Jack Mabley Developmental Center, in Dixon, is a state run residential home for the mentally disabled that was named after him in honour of his generous support and fundraising activities. Mabley had created the Forgotten Children's Fund, which raised money for the center. His autobiography entitled "Halas, Hef, the Beatles and Me" was published in 1967.


Mabley died in Chicago on January 6, 2006. He had married Frances Habeck on August 29, 1940 and had four children.


  • Halas, Hef, the Beatles, and me Jack Mabley ISBN 0-8092-4792-5

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