Very charming biographical article about Norman! Forwarded from: Ken Chawkin <kchaw...@mum.edu>
Memorial post for Norman Zierold: Hollywood biographer, novelist, TM Teacher, member of Maharishi’s Purusha program, raconteur, publicist, beloved by all. For those who live in Fairfield, Iowa, and can make it, there will be a special memorial service and cremation at Behner Funeral Home today, Friday, March 9 at 2pm. https://goo.gl/1TXcmw <https://goo.gl/1TXcmw> Norman Zierold: Hollywood biographer, novelist, TM Teacher, member of Maharishi’s Purusha program, raconteur, publicist, beloved by all Norman Zierold: 7/26/1927–3/7/2018 A close friend and colleague, Norman Zierold, passed from this world early Wednesday morning, March 7, 2018. Beloved by all, he lived a long, culturally rich and spiritually devoted life. <https://kenchawkin.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/norman-zierold-by-mary-drew.pdf> Born and raised in the Amana Colonies, Norman enlisted in the navy, graduated cum laude from Harvard, and earned a master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Iowa. He spent two years in France on a French Government Teaching Assistantship, then a decade in New York City, where he taught at Brearley School, worked at Collier’s Encyclopedia, then Theater Arts Magazine and Show. Norman wrote eight books: true crime novels, tales of Hollywood’s golden age, and science fiction: The Child Stars, (1966); Little Charlie Ross, (1967); Three Sisters in Black, (1968), which won a Special Edgar Allen Poe Award; The Moguls; Garbo; (both 1969); The Skyscraper Doom, (1972); Sex Goddesses of the Silent Screen, (1973); and his final book, That Reminds Me, A Conversational Memoir (2013). In 1972, Norman began the practice of Transcendental Meditation. He became a TM teacher and taught the technique to hundreds in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He later joined Maharishi’s Purusha program and eventually moved to Fairfield, Iowa in 2002. Norman became part of a dynamic media team at Maharishi University of Management under the direction of Bob Roth. Norman’s accomplishments there were legendary! Those of us who worked with Norman over the years were always impressed by his work ethic and ability to charm writers, editors, and producers into reporting on TM. Bob Roth, now CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, is fond of telling the story of how Norman inspired a national TV profile on the NBC Today Show for TM and the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4UmeA-OPJ0> in inner city Detroit. A few years later, when Bob and David Lynch showed it to Ray Dalio in a private meeting, it inspired him to give the David Lynch Foundation a donation of a million dollars for more school projects. This was the start of an ongoing relationship with DLF, now in 35 countries, and led to millions more over the years for many at-risk groups. Bob feels the successful launch of the Foundation was largely due to Norman’s efforts, and prepared a special message <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NsX_ZWWWOc&feature=youtu.be> about him for today’s memorial service. Norman is survived by his sister Loretta Wolf, nephews Geoffrey and Mark, and niece Candice. A memorial service and cremation ceremony will take place Friday, March 9, 2018 at Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield. Rustin Larson <https://theuncarvedblog.com/2009/11/01/pirenes-fountain-feature-interview-iowa-poet-rustin-larson/>, published poet and MUM librarian, interviewed Norman Zierold <https://theuncarvedblog.com/2011/10/13/the-chronicle-of-higher-education-notes-from-academe-the-spokesman-who-kept-calling/> on the publication of his book, That Reminds Me, A Conversational Memoir <https://theuncarvedblog.com/2013/01/10/that-reminds-me-a-conversational-memoir-by-hollywood-biographer-norman-zierold-is-now-out/>. Enjoy this interview <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pdWFScBHNY>, which took place in the MUM Library. There is a short separate introduction <https://www.youtube..com/watch?v=easc009lXpY> by librarian Suzanne Vesely. Both videos were posted March 2, 2013 on mumlibrary <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHN0fSYuSZgWJ5KxrRvrUNA>. Margot Suettmann posted a link to this video on Facebook when she found out about Norman’s passing. She also posted a lovely comment there about Norman that captures him perfectly. I’ve included them both below. Margot Suettmann <https://www.facebook.com/margot.suettmann?fref=ufi>: I did not know Norman that well for a long time, but he left a deep impression on me as a very gentle, refined and also intellectual or let’s say: well educated person. I saw him often on the road walking up and down and doing his errands. He was tall and slim and his gait was very typical for him. He immediately learned my name – soon after I had arrived in Fairfield – and thus greeted me always with my name “Margot” which is something special. One feels appreciated and familiar with a person who takes the effort. I also knew he was a good friend of Ken Chawkin’s whom I consider a good and old friend myself. I knew Ken before I came to MUM. I also may have read some of Norman’s media press releases at times. He was working in the media department of MUM. I got to know him a little better at the memorial or obituary lunch for Sally Peden <https://theuncarvedblog.com/2016/12/28/an-early-attempt-at-some-kind-of-closure-with-a-poem-on-salis-passing-and-auspicious-times/> which Ken Chawkin had organized at Revelations as I happened to sit next to Norman. Of course we started to talk about different subjects and I noticed his refined personality and his rich educational background and the way he expressed himself verbally in a cautious and knowledgeable way. Probably what I appreciated most was his gentleness and his intuition for other’s feelings and handling them with caution and tenderness. I also admired his bravery how he mastered his life in his old age. He never complained and trod his way up and down the road unperturbed – and of course he loved and appreciated deeply to live in Fairfield. He was very independent in his inner Self and a noble personality in some way. And I remember most his kindness.