Gesellschaft für Anomalistik:
Marcello Truzzi, 67, Always Curious, Dies
Marcello Truzzi died rather suddenly around three o'clock, local
the afternoon of February 2, 2003, in Michigan. As recently as a
before his death, he was talking with his friend Jerome Clark
excitement in working on his planned personal autobiography.
passing, thus, is a surprise to his friends and his family. He
suffering from colon rectal cancer during the last seven years,
but would go
in and out of remission. His Michigan friends note that he
cancer so diligently that he actually bought about four extra
years of life.
Truzzi was associated with the beginnings of the intellectual
of skepticism in America, first with his association with the
the Scientific Evaluation of the Paranormal, whose members
Gardner, Ray Hyman, James Randi, and Marcello Truzzi, all
during the early 1970s, Truzzi was also publishing a privately
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
1978, he began publishing the Zetetic Scholar, and created the
Scientific Anomalies Research. He was a sociologist at Eastern
University in Ypsilanti.
Marcello Truzzi's family was a rather famous Russian Italian
being part of Circus Truzzi in Russia. Indeed, Truzzi was born
Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 6, 1935, when his family was
tour. His family moved to the USA in 1940. He continued,
life, to have a passionate and intellectual interest in magic,
sideshows, carnivals, and circuses, as well as sociology,
psychology, and folk culture. I shall always recall our frequent
exchanges on everything from hoaxing and anomalistic phenomena,
to ice falls
and cryptozoology. He loved to coin words like "pseudoskepticism"
An extraordinary wordsmith, Truzzi edited books on a variety of
(criminal life, anthropology, sexism, revolution, sociology,
police law), as
well as coauthoring several books. Some of these include Caldron
Authentic Guide for Coven Connoisseurs (with illus. Victoria
The Blue Sense: Psychic Detectives and Crime (with Arthur Lyons;
Encounters (consultant), and The Complete Idiot's
Extraterrestrial Intelligence (consultant).
He will be deeply missed.
He was an Associate Member of the Parapsychological Association.
For more information on Marcello Truzzi, see the
tribute website set up by George Hansen.