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  • eric
    Marcello Truzzi helped get CSICOP founded but split with them as it turned out he thought the group should be proving the paranormal exists. I got the
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2003
      Marcello Truzzi helped get CSICOP founded but split with them as it turned
      out he thought the group should be proving the paranormal exists.  I
      got the following from another list:
      Message: 2
         Date: Mon, 03 Feb 2003 11:14:12 -0500
         From: Loren Coleman <lcolema1@...>
      Subject: (corrected info) Marcello Truzzi, 67, dies

      Marcello Truzzi, 67, Always Curious, Dies

      Marcello Truzzi died rather suddenly around three o'clock, local time, on
      the afternoon of February 2, 2003, in Michigan.  As recently as a week
      before his death, he was talking with his friend Jerome Clark about his
      excitement in working on his planned personal autobiography. Truzzi's swift
      passing, thus, is a surprise to his friends and his family.  He had been
      suffering from colon rectal cancer during the last seven years, but would go
      in and out of remission.  His Michigan friends note that he fought his
      cancer so diligently that he actually bought about four extra years of life

      Truzzi was associated with the beginnings of the intellectual understandings
      of skepticism in America, first with his association with the Resources for
      the Scientific Evaluation of the Paranormal, whose members included Martin
      Gardner, Ray Hyman, James Randi, and Marcello Truzzi, all magicians. Also
      during the early 1970s, Truzzi was also publishing a privately circulated
      newsletter called the Zetetic. In 1976, Truzzi was the co-founder, with Paul
      Kurtz, of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the
      Paranormal (CSICOP), but he would later break from Kurtz and CSICOP.  In
      1978, he began publishing the Zetetic Scholar, and created the Center for
      Scientific Anomalies Research.  He was a sociologist at Eastern Michigan
      University in Ypsilanti.

      Marcello Truzzi's family was a rather famous Russian Italian circus family,
      being part of Circus Truzzi in Russia. Indeed, Truzzi was born in
      Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 6, 1935, when his family was there on
      tour. His family moved to the USA in 1940.  He continued, throughout his
      life, to have a passionate and intellectual interest in magic, juggling,
      sideshows, carnivals, and circuses, as well as sociology, anthropology,
      psychology, and folk culture.  I shall always recall our frequent email
      exchanges on everything from hoaxing and anomalistic phenomena, to ice falls
      and cryptozoology.  He loved to coin words like "pseudoskepticism" and

      An extraordinary wordsmith, Truzzi edited books on a variety of topics
      (criminal life, anthropology, sexism, revolution, sociology, police law), as
      well as coauthoring several books. Some of these include Caldron Cookery: An
      Authentic Guide for Coven Connoisseurs (with illus. Victoria Chess; 1969),
      The Blue Sense: Psychic Detectives and Crime (with Arthur Lyons; 1992), UFO
      Encounters (with Jerome Clark; 1992), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to
      Extraterrestrial Intelligence (with Michael Kurland; 1999).

      He will be deeply missed.

      Loren Coleman

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