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Kevin C. Killion
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Kevin Killion is the creator of Stone House Systems, Inc., providing services and software tools for media planning and research.
SHS' principal product has been T•View, a respondent-based television and online planning and optimization system. In 2015, Kevin sold T•View to Mediaocean in New York, which continues support for the system.
Earlier media industry products from Kevin and Stone House Systems have included:
- Go•Chart (also known as MediaLink): A media plan management and presentation system, including media flowchart, budget analysis, plan summaries, presentation features, and two-way links with Excel
- PowerCurve: A sophisticated system for the analysis of television cume studies
- MacMeter, the original Mac version of NPD/MediaMetrix's PC Meter
- Mediamark Reporter for MacOS
- Co-author of MacAck, the first communications program for the Mac, released in February 1984.
- NAPLPS videotex interpreter for Mac, in 1985
- Radio RECALL, developed this first audience research product for the company that became Strata Marketing
Kevin has a reputation as a crusader on user interface issues in computer applications to advertising. He has spoken to a number of advertising and computer industry meetings on such subjects as user interface, media reach and frequency algorithms, event-driven programming and cross-platform development; he is the author (or has been interviewed) for a number of articles on these and other subjects in computer and media trade magazines.
He is a former president of the Media Research Club of Chicago, a former Media Decisions Media All-Star, and former ARF workshop Chair.
Prior to organizing SHS in 1991, Kevin was Vice President and Media Research Director of DDB Needham (now OMD) in Chicago. Before that, Kevin was a media research supervisor at Leo Burnett, and a systems analyst at United Computing Systems and CBS WBBM Radio. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and his bachelor's in mathematics from Loyola University.
Kevin was the author of Exstatix, a popular data analysis system (rated 4 1/2 on a scale of 1 to 5 by MacUser magazine) and the earlier Statistics with DAISY. Years ago, Kevin wrote the front end for the very first C language compiler for the Mac (Softworks C), a software NAPLPS videotex decoder and a sophisticated analytic system for television data (PowerCurve). At a MacHack computer conference, Kevin's presentation on client/server automation was voted by attendees as "Best Paper." As a system analyst, Kevin designed and developed numerous computer applications for clients in a wide variety of industries.
Kevin's "offline" interests today include education reform, books on Chicago, genealogy, and radio station call letter jingles, and he served a term as president of his local Rotary Club. As a historical note, Kevin holds a now-obsolete FCC Radiotelephone First Class license.
Kevin and his wife Debby (née Stonehouse), have a son, Chris.
Media as Destiny?
Some people are destined for great things. Others are destined for, well, television ratings, apparently. Here's an envelope sent by the "A. C. Nielsen" company on Howard Street in Chicago, containing lots of information about television ratings -- in response to a request I sent -- when I was 14!
Today, I'm still bugging the Nielsen folks with requests for more information.
Here are a few photos I've taken of a few interesting places with curiously-chosen names.
A scene in the Clint Eastwood movie Flag of our Fathers was filmed a couple of blocks from my previous home. Click here for some photos I took of Eastwood and the procedings!
Some pix of the group I hung around with in late high school, early college. I'd love to learn where they all are now!
Miscellany and EphemeraWhat songs am I missing on the list of "Unknown Originals," songs that were made far more famous by cover artists?
I've been adding more words of wisdom to Kev's Collection of Cool Quotes from some famous and not-famous people about all kinds of stuff.
You're new to Chicago's North Shore, and you're afraid you're going to starve to death? Here's our tips and reassurances that you can find great, informal, family-friendly places to eat around here: Family Dining on the North Shore.
If you have young children, take this Goodnight Moon Trivia Quiz.
Every so often, I try to find a moment to dig up some additional genealogy tidbit.
Places I've Visited
Today's image of the sun
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