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Kevin C. Killion

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Kevin Killion is president of Stone House Systems, Inc., now in its 23rd year of supplying services and software tools for media planning and research. SHS' principal product is T•View, a respondent-based television and online planning and optimization system.

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 All-Star, and former ARF workshop Chair. At a recent computer conference, Kevin's presentation on client/server automation was voted by attendees as "Best Paper."

Prior to organizing SHS in 1991, Kevin was Vice President and Media Research Director of DDB Needham 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). 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™). 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. Kevin served a term as president of his local Rotary Club.

Kevin and his wife Debby (née Stonehouse), have a son, Chris.

Personal Notes

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!


    My wife Debby and I love to travel, though there is never enough time or money to do everything we'd like. We've written a bit on some of our favorite trips, and maybe you'd enjoy reading about some of our discoveries:
    • In 2011, we visited my cousin Mick Killion in Fairbanks, and that trip turned me into an evangelist for Alaska vacations! We travelled from Fairbanks, via train to Anchorage, down to Seward on the coast, and on a glacier day-cruise. What a gorgeous part of the earth! (Alternate link)

    • In 2000 we took the vacation we've longed for for many years: three weeks in Germany, western Austria, Venice, and Switzerland! We still have to find time to put our trip notes together, but here is one episode: our stay at a family home in Berchtesgaden.

    • In 1998, we had a terrific time absorbing as much fun as we could driving through Colorado on a two-week vacation.
    • Although not even pretending to be complete in any way, here is a random assortment of favorite Midwest destinations.
    • In 1995, I drew the lucky straw and got to take a business trip to London. Here are notes on my solo adventures in London.
    • In 1994, we explored Washington State, a thoroughly refreshing adventure with an amazing variety of sights and things to do.
    • In 1991, we spent two weeks driving through Oregon, and loved just about every minute of it -- it's a beautiful state.
    • Although it was now a long time ago, our honeymoon in Ireland was magical and wonderful. This write-up covers some of our best-loved adventures, sights, B&Bs, and other tips.
    • I'm definitely a fan of rail travel, and for all kinds of reasons, but I thought I'd tell some stories about people on trains to try to give the flavor of riding the rails.
    Of course, my home town of Chicago is still my favorite. (You do know the glorious history of broadcasting in Chicago, right?)

    Miscellany and Ephemera

    What 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

    (I'm not counting U.S. states I've merely rolled through on Amtrak!)

    Today's image of the sun

    I'd love to hear from you -- send me a message at

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