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Zaslow at a book signing event in Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 7, 2012.
Jeffrey Lloyd Zaslow

(1958-10-06)October 6, 1958
DiedFebruary 10, 2012(2012-02-10) (aged 53)
Cause of death Car accident
Nationality American
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s)Sherry Margolis
Website Official website
Those bonds are just not there... don't get me wrong. I talk to my wife, and that's it. I play poker every Thursday night with the guys, and we can go six hours and not one person will say a thing. And 80 percent of the conversation that does occur is about the cards. [1]

Jeffrey Zaslow commenting on the difference between men and women, after writing The Girls from Ames

"The Girls from Ames" is a group of women from Ames, Iowa who were the subject of Jeffrey Zaslow's 2009 nonfiction bestseller about lifelong friendships.


Jeffrey Lloyd Zaslow (October 6, 1958 – February 10, 2012) was an American author and journalist and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal .

Americans Citizens, or natives, of the United States of America

Americans are nationals and citizens of the United States of America. Although nationals and citizens make up the majority of Americans, some dual citizens, expatriates, and permanent residents may also claim American nationality. The United States is home to people of many different ethnic origins. As a result, American culture and law does not equate nationality with race or ethnicity, but with citizenship and permanent allegiance.

Journalism is the production and distribution of reports on recent events. The word journalism applies to the occupation, as well as citizen journalists using methods of gathering information and using literary techniques. Journalistic media include print, television, radio, Internet, and, in the past, newsreels.

<i>The Wall Street Journal</i> American business-focused daily broadsheet newspaper based in New York City

The Wall Street Journal is a U.S. business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City. The Journal, along with its Asian and European editions, is published six days a week by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corp. The newspaper is published in the broadsheet format and online. The Journal has been printed continuously since its inception on July 8, 1889, by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser.

Zaslow was widely known as coauthor of best-selling books. Also he was the sole author of numerous books.

Early life and education

Zaslow was born in 1958 in Broomall, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, [2] one of four children of Naomi and Harry Zaslow. His father was a real estate investor. [2] His family was Jewish. [3] He attended Marple Newtown High School, where he was student council president his senior year. He wrote for the school paper and was in school plays while in junior high, starring in You Can't Take It with You . After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980 with a degree in creative writing, Zaslow began his professional writing career at the Orlando Sentinel .

Broomall, Pennsylvania Census-designated place in Pennsylvania, United States

Broomall is a census-designated place (CDP) in Marple Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 10,789 at the 2010 census.

American Jews Ethnic group

American Jews, or Jewish Americans, are Americans who are Jews, whether by religion, ethnicity, or nationality. Today the Jewish community in the United States consists primarily of Ashkenazi Jews, who descend from diaspora Jewish populations of Central and Eastern Europe and comprise about 90-95% of the American Jewish population. Most American Ashkenazim are US-born, with a dwindling number of now-elderly earlier immigrants, as well as some more recent foreign-born immigrants.

Marple Newtown School District

Marple Newtown School District (MNSD) is a public school district which serves Newtown Township and Marple Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Marple Newtown School District encompasses approximately 21 square miles (54 km2). According to 2000 federal census data, it serves a resident population of 35,437. According to District officials, in school year 2007–08 the Marple Newtown School District provided basic educational services to 3,499 pupils. The student demographic is about 86% Caucasian, 11% Asian, 2% Black, and 1% Hispanic with 51% being male and 49% being female.


Zaslow's Wall Street Journal column, "Moving On", as well as his numerous books, focused on life transitions. [1]

In September 2007, after he attended the final lecture of Carnegie Mellon University Professor Randy Pausch, he collaborated with Pausch on writing The Last Lecture , released in 2008. The book by Pausch and Zaslow, translated into 48 languages, was a #1 New York Times best-seller, spending more than 110 weeks on the list. Media coverage included The Oprah Winfrey Show and an ABC special hosted by Diane Sawyer. More than five million copies of the book are in print in the U.S.

Carnegie Mellon University private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private research university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools, the university became the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1912 and began granting four-year degrees. In 1967, the Carnegie Institute of Technology merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University. With its main campus located 3 miles (5 km) from Downtown Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon has grown into an international university with over a dozen degree-granting locations in six continents, including campuses in Qatar and Silicon Valley, and more than 20 research partnerships.

Randy Pausch American professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design

Randolph Frederick Pausch was an American professor of computer science, human–computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

<i>The Last Lecture</i> Book by Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture is a New York Times best-selling book co-authored by Randy Pausch—a professor of computer science, human-computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—and Jeffrey Zaslow of the Wall Street Journal. The book speaks on a lecture Pausch gave in September 2007 entitled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams".

The Girls from Ames is a nonfiction book about a group of eleven women friends who grew up together in Ames, Iowa, remaining friends for forty years. It was billed by the publisher (Gotham Books) as "the inspiring true story of eleven girls and the ten women they became." ( It spent 26 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, rising as high as #3. Highest Duty was co-written by Zaslow with Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, who successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. The book debuted at #3 on the New York Times list.

Ames, Iowa City in Iowa, United States

Ames is a city in central Iowa approximately 30 miles (48 km) north of Des Moines. It is best known as the home of Iowa State University (ISU), with leading Agriculture, Design, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine colleges. A United States Department of Energy national laboratory, Ames Laboratory, is located on the ISU campus.

Chesley Sullenberger American commercial airline pilot, safety expert and accident investigator

Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III is an American retired airline captain who, on January 15, 2009, landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan after both engines were disabled by a bird strike; all 155 people aboard survived. Sullenberger is a speaker on airline safety and has helped develop new protocols for airline safety. He served as the co-chairman, along with First officer Jeffrey Skiles, of the EAA's Young Eagles youth introduction-to-aviation program from 2009 to 2013.

US Airways Flight 1549 2009 aircraft accident in the USA

US Airways Flight 1549 was an Airbus A320 which, in the climbout after takeoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, struck a flock of Canada geese just northeast of the George Washington Bridge and consequently lost all engine power. Unable to reach any airport, pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles glided the plane to a ditching in the Hudson River off Midtown Manhattan. All 155 people aboard were rescued by nearby boats, and there were few serious injuries.

In 2011, Zaslow collaborated with Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, on their memoir, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope. In January 2012, Zaslow released The Magic Room: A story about the love we wish for our daughters, a non-fiction narrative set at a small-town Michigan bridal shop, and looked at the lives of a handful of brides and their parents who journeyed to the store's "Magic Room." (

Zaslow first worked at the Orlando Sentinel , as a writer for that newspaper's Florida magazine. He then was a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal from 1983 to 1987 and columnist at the Sun-Times from 1987 to 2001.

Zaslow gained recognition as the author of an advice column called All That Zazz [4] at the Wall Street Journal, having won a competition (with 12,000 applicants) [1] at age 29 to replace Ann Landers at the Chicago Sun-Times. [5]

He was twice named by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists as best columnist in a newspaper with more than 100,000 circulation and had received the Distinguished Column Writing Award from the New York Newspaper Publishers Association. While working at the Sun-Times, Zaslow received the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award. He appeared on such television programs as The Tonight Show , The Oprah Winfrey Show , Larry King Live , 60 Minutes , The Today Show and Good Morning America .

Personal life

Zaslow married Sherry Margolis, a TV news anchor with WJBK television in Detroit, and together lived with their three daughters [6] in West Bloomfield, Michigan. His literary agent was Gary Morris. [4] Zaslow was an avid runner. [7]

Zaslow died on February 10, 2012, at age 53 in a car accident on M-32 in Warner Township, Michigan [8] while on tour for his non-fiction book The Magic Room. [9] Former co-author Chesley Sullenberger was among those who eulogized Zaslow at his funeral on February 13. [10]

Following his death, Zaslow was the subject of a number of written tributes, including an essay by columnist Bob Greene, titled Jeff Zaslow's last lesson, pieces by fellow journalists and by bloggers, posts on the Wall Street Journal remembrance page, and eulogies by family members on the family's remembrance page. [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17]





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