Meet the Contributors of the Original Stories

From Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

Meet the Contributors of the Original Stories

Bios as of 1993, the year of publication of the original book:

Wally “Famous” Amos is the founder of Famous Amos Cookies and author of the book and cassette album The Power . . . In You. Wally resides in Maui, Hawaii. He can be reached by writing to P.O. Box 897, Kailua, HI 96734 or call (808) 261-6075.

Joe Batten, C.P.A.E. is a professional speaker and a successful businessperson who knows how to inspire confidence in organizations in good economic times and bad. His 35 years as an author, consultant and speaker have earned him the title of Corporate Mentor. Joe wrote the bestselling book: Tough Minded Management. Joe is a man who loves life and laughter and translates that warmth and passion to every audience. You can reach Joe by writing to 4505 S.W. 26th St., Des Moines, IA 50321-2813. Call (515) 285-8069 or fax (515) 285-5672.

Gene Bedley is a retired principal, recipient of the PTA’s 1985 National Educator of the Year Award and the Milken Family Foundation’s 1994 Educator of the Year, and author of numerous books on creating a positive classroom environment. He can be reached at 14252 East Mall, Irvine, California 92714 or call (714) 551-6690.

Michele Borba is a prolific author on building self-esteem in elementary classrooms. She is a member of the board of trustees of the National Council for Self-Esteem. Her best book is Esteem Builders, a collection of 379 classroom activities. You can reach her by writing 840 Prescott Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262 or call (619) 323-5387.

Helice Bridges is a recognized and dynamic speaker and trainer who travels internationally doing self-esteem training and workshops for schools, organizations and businesses. She is Chairperson of the Board for Difference Makers, Inc. and can be reached at P.O. Box 2115, Del Mar, California 92014 or call (800) 887-8422 or (760) 634-1851.

Les Brown is a highly acclaimed speaker who talks to Fortune 500 companies and conducts personal and professional seminars around the country. He is well known to television audiences through his PBS specials, all of which are available on audiocassette and videotape. He can be reached by writing Les Brown Unlimited, 2180 Penobscot Building, Detroit, Michigan 48226 or call (800) 733-4226.

Dr. Helen E. Buckley is a retired professor of English from the State University College of New York at Oswego and former teacher of writing for children at Syracuse University’s Continuing Education Department. She is a contributor to professional journals as well as the author of 16 children’s books, including: Grandfather and I, Grandmother and I and Someday with My Father.

Dan Clark is a professional motivational speaker who has conducted thousands of talks for high school students, parents and corporations. He can be reached at P.O. Box 8689, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108 or call (801) 532-5755.

Alan Cohen is a prolific and dynamic speaker and author. Our favorite book of his is The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. He can be reached at P.O. Box 98509, Des Moines, WA 98198 or call (800) 462-3013.

Roger Crawford is a dynamic motivational speaker. His book is entitled Playing From The Heart. He can be reached by writing 1050 St. Andrews Drive, Byron, California 94514 or call (510) 634-8519.

Stan Dale formerly the voice of “The Shadow” and the announcer/ narrator of “The Lone Ranger,” “Sgt. Preston” and “The Green Hornet” radio shows, is the Director/Founder of the Human Awareness Institute in San Mateo, California, an organization dedicated to “creating a world where everyone wins.” He conducts “Sex, Love and Intimacy Workshops” around the world. Stan is the author of Fantasies Can Set You Free and My Child, My Self: How To Raise The Child You Always Wanted To Be. Both books are also available on cassette from The Human Awareness Institute, 1720 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 128, San Mateo, California 94402 or call (800) 800-4117 or (415) 571-5524.

Burt Dubin is the developer of the Speaking Success System, a powerful instrument for helping aspiring and professional speakers position, package, promote and present themselves. “You are a master — an absolute master — I recommend your system without reservations,” says Jos J. Charbonneau, C.S.P., C.P.A.E. Burt may be reached at Personal Achievement Institute, 1 Speaking Success Road, Kingman, Arizona 86402-6543 or call (800) 321-1225.

Charles Faraone is one of the world’s great huggers. He runs workshops and speaks on hugging, spirituality and single life. He can be reached at Once Upon A Planet, P.O. Box 610220, Bayside, NY 11361-0220 or by calling (516) 883-4932. For newsletter and Free Hug Coupons, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Let’s Hug!, P.O. Box 610220, Bayside, NY 11361-0220.

Patricia Fripp, C.S.P., C.P.A.E. is a “speaker for all reasons.” She is past president of the National Speakers Association and is one of the most dynamic speakers we know. She can be reached at 527 Hugo Street, San Francisco, California 94122 or call (415) 753-6556.

Bobbie Gee, C.S.P. is recognized as one of America’s most outstanding female speakers. She is the author of the book Winning the Image Game (Pagemill Press) and two cassette albums Life Doesn’t Have To Be A Struggle and Image Power. You can contact her at Bobbie Gee Enterprises, 1540 S. Coast Highway, Suite 206, Laguna Beach, California 92651 or call (800) 462-4386 or (714) 497-1915.

Rick Gelinas is the President of the Lucky Acorns Delphi Foundation in Miami Florida. He is a master educator and has dedicated his life to making a difference to children. You can reach him at 5888 S.W. 77 Terrace, Miami Florida 33143 or call (305) 667-7756.

John Goddard is an adventurer, explorer and world-class motivational speaker. He can be reached at 4224 Beulah Drive, La Canada, California 91101 or call (818) 790-7094.

Patty Hansen is Administrative Director of Look Who’s Talking. She can be reached at P.O. Box 7665, Newport Beach, California 92658 or call (714) 759-9304.

Danielle Kennedy, M.A. is a celebrated author, world-class sales trainer, inspirationalist and award-winning saleswoman. She holds an Honorary Degree in the Humanities from Clarke College and a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. She lectures in 100 cities a year on sales, marketing and leadership. Her bestselling books include How To List And Sell Real Estate In The ’90s (Prentice Hall) and Kennedy On Doubling Your Income In Real Estate Sales (John Wiley). She is married and has eight children. She can be reached at 219 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, California 92672 or call (714) 498-8033.

Florence Littauer, C.S.P., C.P.A.E. is one of the most wonderful people we know. She is an inspiring writer and teacher. Our favorite book of hers is Little Silver Boxes. She can be reached at 1611 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., Ste. F2 San Marcos, California 92069 or call (760) 471-0233.

Rick Little over the last 16 years has participated in a wide range of efforts to improve the social and economic conditions of children and youth. In 1975 he founded Quest International and served as its president for 15 years. Mr. Little has co-authored books with leading authorities on youth including Bill Cosby and Dr. Charlie W. Shedd. In 1990 Rick Little founded the International Youth Foundation with major support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He now serves as Secretary General to the International Youth Foundation, whose goal is to identify and fund replicable youth programs that have demonstrated success. The foundation currently focuses on programs in Southern Africa, Poland, Ecuador, Mexico, Bangladesh, Thailand and the Philippines.

Hanoch McCarty, Ed.D. is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in motivation, productivity and self-esteem enhancement. Hanoch is one of the most sought-after speakers in the nation because he combines humor and moving stories with practical skills that can be put to work immediately. His books and videotape programs include Stress and Energy and Self-Esteem: The Bottom Line. He can be reached at P.O. Box 66, Galt, California 95632 or call (800) 231-7353.

Dan Millman is a former world champion gymnast, university coach and bestselling author whose eight books, including Way of the Peaceful Warrior, No Ordinary Moments, The Life You Were Born to Live, The Inner Athlete and The Laws of Spirit have inspired millions of people worldwide. For the past decade, Dan has trained people from all walks of life and all over the world, including health and business professionals, therapists, educators and others involved in the fields of peak performance and personal growth. He and his family live in Northern California. Contact him at:

W. Mitchell, C.P.A.E. is one of the most inspirational speakers we have ever met. His tape program is entitled It’s Not What Happens To You, It’s What You Do About It. He can be reached at 12014 W. 54th Drive, #100, Arvada, Colorado 80002 or call (303) 425-1800.

Robert A. Moawad is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edge Learning Institute with offices in Tacoma, Washington, and Tempe, Arizona. Edge is a professional development firm dedicated to assisting organizations achieve greater levels of productivity, quality and customer satisfaction. Bob is a dynamic “edu-tainer.” He has an impressive ability to inspire and have an impact on an audience by blending colorful illustrations with solid principles. This has made Bob one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in the nation. Since 1973 he has assisted more than two million people, including some of the most respected leaders in business, government and education. He can be contacted by writing Edge Learning Institute, 2217 N. 30th, #200, Tacoma, Washington 98403 or call (206) 272-3103.

Chick Moorman is the director of the Institute for Personal Power, a consulting firm dedicated to providing high-quality professional development activities for educators and parents. Every year he crisscrosses the country conducting over 100 workshops on cooperative learning, enhancing self-esteem and developing positive attitudes. His mission is to help people experience a greater sense of personal power in their lives so they can in turn empower others. His latest book, Where the Heart Is: Stories of Home and Family, celebrates family strength, love, tolerance, hope and commitment. It can be ordered from Personal Power Press, P.O. Box 5985, Saginaw, MI 48603 or call (517) 791-3533.

Michael J. Murphy, Ed.D., DFP is a family therapist and author of Popsicle Fish and Other Fathering Stories. For information or presentations, contact The Family Consultation Team, 349 Old Plymouth Road, P.O. Box 300, Sagamore Beach, MA 02562 or call (508) 833-3800.

Victor H. Nelson, S.T.M. is a therapist and pastoral counselor in private practice. His address is 505 Evergreen Street West, Lafayette, Indiana 47906.

Price Pritchett, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in psychology and is past president of the Dallas Psychological Association. He is the CEO of Pritchett & Associates, Inc., a Dallas-based consulting firm specializing in organizational change. Dr. Pritchett has authored 11 books on individual and organizational effectiveness, including You2: A High Velocity Formula For Multiplying Your Personal Effectiveness In Quantum Leaps. You can contact Dr. Pritchett at 200 Crescent Court, Suite 1080, Dallas, Texas 75201 or call (214) 855-8999 or (800) 992-5922.

Bobbie Probstein is a writer and photographer whose new book, Healing Now, has been widely praised. It is invaluable for anyone affected by illness or preparing for surgery. Her first book, an autobiography, Return to Center, is in its third printing. She may be reached at 28 Shoal Dr., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625.

Bob Proctor is the President of Bob Proctor Seminars and the founder of the Million Dollar Forum in Ontario, Canada. Bob is the author of You Were Born Rich and conducts Born Rich Seminars all over the world. Bob’s seminars empower people to create the life they’ve always dreamed about. You can contact him at Million Dollar International, 211 Consumers Road, Suite 201, Willowdale, Ontario, Canada M2J4G8 or call (416) 498-6700.

Nido Qubein, C.S.P., C.P.A.E. is past president of the National Speakers Association and is an outstanding speaker on sales, management and marketing. His many books include Get The Best From Yourself, Communicate Like A Pro and Professional Selling Techniques. He can be reached at Creative Services, Inc., P.O. Box 6008, High Point, North Carolina 27262-6008 or call (919) 889-3010.

Anthony Robbins nationally recognized as the leader in the field of human-development training, is the author of two bestsellers, Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! During the past decade more than a million people have invested in and benefited from his seminars, audiotapes, videotapes and books. He is the founder of nine companies, a consultant to businesses and governments in the U.S. and abroad, and a committed philanthropist with the creation of The Anthony Robbins Foundation. For more information on products and services, call Robbins Research International, Inc. at 1-800-445-8183 or write the company at 9191 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 600, San Diego, California 92122.

Pamela Rogers earned her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and teaches second grade at Reynolds Elementary School in Philadelphia. She studies acting when she’s not teaching.

Glenna Salsbury, C.S.P., C.P.A.E. graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, obtained her Masters Degree from UCLA and, 16 years later, earned a Masters of Theology from Fuller Seminary. In 1980 Glenna founded her own company that provides keynote presentations and personal growth seminars. In her personal life, Glenna is married to Jim Salsbury, a former Detroit Lion and Green Bay Packer and has three daughters. Call or write to obtain her powerful six-pack tape album entitled, Passion, Power and Purpose. She can be reached at 9228 North 64th Place, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253 or call (602) 483-7732.

Jack Schlatter a former teacher, is currently a motivational speaker. He can be reached at P.O. Box 577, Cypress, California 90630 or call (714) 879-7271.

Lee Shapiro is a former trial attorney and judge who left law practice because he never received a standing ovation from a jury! He is now a speaker and professor specializing in ethics in management, keynote addresses and people skills. He can be reached at 5700-12 Baltimore Drive, La Mesa, California 91942 or (619) 668-9036.

Frank Siccone, Ed.D. is the director of the Siccone Institute in San Francisco. He is a consultant to numerous schools and businesses. His books include Responsibility: The Most Basic R and 101 Ways To Develop Student Self-Esteem And Responsibility with Jack Canfield (AlIyn & Bacon). He can be reached at the Siccone Institute, 2151 Union Street, San Francisco, California 94123 or call (415) 922-2244.

Cindy Spitzer is a freelance writer who helped us rewrite several of our most difficult and important stories. She can be reached at 5027 Berwyn Road, College Park, Maryland 20740.

Jeffrey Michael Thomas is a regional vice-president for Van Kampen Merritt, a professional money management firm. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and speaks on topics ranging from financial management to fundraising for various charities through his company, J. Michael Thomas & Associates. Mr. Thomas lives and works in Tustin, California, and he is currently seeking a seat on the Tustin City Council. He can be reached at (714) 544-1352.

Pamela Truax is the author of Small Business Pitfalls And Bridges. She can be reached at 2073 Columbia Way, Vista, California 92083 or call (619) 598-6008.

Francis Xavier Trujillo, Ed.D. is Founder and President of ProTeach Publications, a firm specializing in the creation and production of inspirational and esteem-building posters, cards and related materials for students and teachers. His writings, primarily in poster format, are found gracing the walls of virtually every school in the United States. Titles include Who Builds the Builders?, The Power to Teach, A Letter to My Students and Giver of a Lifelong Gift. Frank speaks on a variety of issues related to self-esteem, teacher empowerment and education reform. He can be reached at ProTeach Publications, P.O. Box 19262, Sacramento, CA 95819 (800) 233-3541. Write or call for his full-color catalog depicting Bilding Me A Fewchr and dozens of other posters and related inspirational materials. Bilding Me A Fewchr became the basis for the Build Me A Future Project, a nationwide, non-partisan, letter-writing campaign wherein kids of all ages sent letters to President Clinton suggesting ways in which we can work together to help build us all a better future.

Dottie Walters is President of the Walters International Speakers Bureau in California. She sends paid speakers all over the world and is heavily involved in presentation training. She is the author, with her daughter Lilly, of the new Simon and Schuster book, Speak And Grow Rich, and is founder and administrator of the International Group of Agents and Bureaus. Dottie publishes Sharing Ideas, the largest news magazine in the world for paid professional speakers. You can write her at P.O. Box 1120, Glendora, California 91740 or call (818) 335-8069 or fax (818) 335-6127.

Bettie Youngs is President of Instruction & Professional Development, Inc., a resource and consulting firm providing in-service to school districts. Bettie is a former Iowa Teacher-of-the-Year, is currently Professor at San Diego State University and Executive Director of the Phoenix Foundation. She is the author of 14 books including The Educator’s Self-Esteem: It’s Criteria #1, The 6 Vital Ingredients Of Self-Esteem And How To Develop Them In Students and Safeguarding Your Teenager From The Dragons Of Life. She can be reached at 3060 Racetrack View Drive, Del Mar, California 92014 or call (619) 481-6360.

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