Sometimes a simple “thumb rule,” used to make a job do- able, can lead us across red-lines we thought we’d never transgress. This story is about a blind approach to a very bright red-line.Chuck McConnell spent 42 years in behind-the-scenes public television jobs so obscure that he learned to dread the cocktail party question: “So, what do you do?”URBAN TELLERS May 5, 2018LOOKING FOR SOME ANSWERSChuck McConnell live at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland, ORPortland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddypdxstorytheater.orgMAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU®
Sometimes there’s no GPS. But Chuck McConnell knows that the only way to travel is by trial and error, cut and try, look and loop back. Chuck shares his story, The Last Place I Knew Where I Was, and then talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about what draws him to storytelling and how he's finding his way back to himself.MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU®
The Last Place I Knew Where I Was: Chuck McConnell
Sometimes there’s no GPS. The only way to travel is by trial and error, cut and try, look and loop back. When he isn’t telling stories, Chuck entertains himself and tortures others with an heirloom fiddle.Urban Tellers® October 6, 2017Chuck McConnell live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, OregonPortland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddypdxstorytheater.orgMAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU®
Trapped in a holding pattern at work, Chuck McConnell realized that something had to change. He set a newcourse, in an unexpected direction, and enrouterediscovered his greatest strengths. Chuck McConnell served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine before settling in Portland in 2010. When not telling his own stories, he works as a mediator - listening to the stories of others. And when words just won’t do, he plays old-time and bluegrass fiddle.Urban Tellers DECEMBER 2, 2016CHOOSING THE WAY FORWARDChuck McConnell live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, ORPortland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddypdxstorytheater.orgMAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU.
￼As a mediator, Chuck McConnell helps people in conflict open doors that separate them. His story is about opening a long-closed door that separated him...from himself, and joined a broken circle.URBAN TELLERS November 14, 2015TAKING THE LEAPChuck McConnell on stage at Alberta Abbey for live storytelling with Portland Story Theater Hosted by Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howardwww.portlandstorytheater.com
Chuck McConnell’s story turns the old joke about searching for lost keys under a streetlight - “because the light’s better there” - on its head. In his search for a lost sense of self, the “light” of a distant location helped him find what he was looking for. Chuck McConnell settled in Portland in 2010, after Peace Corps service and 40+ years of work in, and around, public broadcasting. Here, he mediates for Multnomah County Small Claims Court and the Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance Mediation Program, and struggles to learn Bluegrass fiddle.Urban Tellers, April 12, 2014 QUIET COURAGEChuck McConnell on stage at Hipbone Studios for live storytelling with Portland Story Theater Hosted by Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howardwww.portlandstorytheater.com