Norman Vincent Peale

I’m always interested in visits to Skaneateles by well known people, but this one caught me by surprise. Who would have thought the Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale would appear at the Skaneateles Country Club? His July 7, 1986, visit was prompted by Ken Blanchard, who graces the lake’s shore during the summer months. Blanchard, the hyper-prolific co-author of The One Minute Manager, et al, was working with Peale, the author of The Power of Positive Thinking, on a book called The Power of Ethical Management. As a part of the process, Blanchard shared drafts of the book with 75 interested parties and invited them all to the Country Club to share their thoughts with the authors. The 87-year-old Peale, who usually wrote alone and ended his book projects with a simple prayer, found the mid-stream input of 75 would-be editors to be something out of the ordinary, but apparently took it all in stride.

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