About Phil Ebersole
I’m Philip Ebersole, a retired newspaper reporter in Rochester, N.Y.
I was born in 1936 and grew up in Williamsport, Md., a small town on the Potomac River. I attended the University of Wisconsin from 1952 to 1956, and then did two years voluntary service in the U.S. Army. I worked on my home town newspaper, The Daily Mail, in Hagerstown, Md., for 15 years as a reporter and one year as city editor. I then moved to Rochester, where I worked for four years as a copy editor and 20 years as a business news reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle. For 12 of those years, my main job was to cover Eastman Kodak Co., then our city’s dominant employer. I retired late in 1998.
I have been a Unitarian Universalist for virtually all my adult life. I am active in First Universalist Church of Rochester, where I lead a Sunday morning discussion group. I am active in the Greater Rochester Russell Set, an unofficial chapter of the Bertrand Russell Society, and participate in several other local reading and discussion groups, including one sponsored by Rochester Red and Black.