We Will Miss Jeffrey Zaslow

By now, in the same weekend that we lost Whitney Houston, you have learned of the fatal accident that claimed the life of Wall Street Journal columnist and author Jeffrey Zaslow.

You can read the full account of that accident and a history of his life by clicking on this link that takes you to the WSJ article published on Saturday, February 11.

Zaslow was the catalyst behind the publicity for The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.  He co-authored the book with Pausch that became a legacy and a stand-alone best-seller.  More recently, he received critical acclaim for his 2011 book, Gabby:  A Story of Courage and Hope, collborated upon with Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, following her shooting.

He had insightful columns, noted most for his sharp eye and unique twists for delivering content that we would not read elsewhere.   Zaslow was one of the most anticipated columnists in the WSJ.  How fervent was he?  Read how his colleagues remembered him in the article published on Saturday:

“While working on columns and books, Mr. Zaslow would collect voluminous notes that he organized in piles that spilled off his desk, sat in uneven rows around his chair and cluttered an empty cubicle adjacent to his. When he took his work home at night, he packed his notes into a wheeled carry-on suitcase.”

I remember I felt empty when Howard Cosell passed.  We lost a great interviewer that day.  I felt even worse this weekend.  We lost a great voice in Houston and a great writer in Zaslow.

How do you remember him?  Let’s talk about it really soon!



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