Speaker built motivational empire
Zig Ziglar, 86, the consummate salesman who built a lucrative motivational empire, died Wednesday of
With an aim at helping people achieve success in their careers and personal lives, in addition to a focus on Christianity, Ziglar was a prolific speaker who appeared at events alongside world leaders, including several U.S. presidents and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Ziglar's philosophy focused on positivity and leading a balanced life and resulted in a multimillion-dollar company featuring personal appearances, seminars, book sales and audiovisual recordings.
Hilary Hinton Ziglar was born in 1926, the 10th child of a family with 12 children. He was 5 when his mother and siblings moved to Yazoo City, Miss., where he grew up in poverty after his father died.
Ziglar served briefly in the Navy during
He started his full-time career in motivational speaking when he was in his 40s. His first book was "See You at the Top."
In the late 1960s he moved to the Dallas area, where his company is based. The firm, which features more than a dozen speakers advocating the "Ziglar Way," offers motivation and performance training.
Writer for television and movies
Don Rhymer, 51, a prolific writer for television and movies, whose credits include the animated hits
Born in Union, S.C., on Feb. 23, 1961, Rhymer began working in television in the early 1980s, after graduating from Virginia's James Madison University, where he majored in English and communications.
One of his first credits was writing an episode of the
In the early 1990s he shifted into movies, starting with the
His other writing credits include "The Santa Clause 2" (2002), "Agent Cody Banks 2" (2004), "The Honeymooners" (2005), "Surf's Up" (2007) and "Rio" (2011).
After being diagnosed with
He wrote an article about dealing with other people's reactions to his illness in the October issue of Coping With Cancer magazine. He most dreaded "sad eyes" and macaroni casseroles, which, he noted, "are not gluten free and are bad for my colon."
David Courtney, the veteran public address announcer for the