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Morrie Schwartz
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    (December 20, 1916-November 4, 1995)
    Earned Masters (1946) and Ph.D. (1951) from the University of Chicago
    Taught sociology at Brandeis University
    Died of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) at age 78
    Wrote the book 'Letting Go: Morrie's Reflections on Living while Dying (1996)'
    Subject of Mitch Albom's best selling book 'Tuesdays With Morrie (1997)'
    1999 TV movie starred Jack Lemmon as Schwartz
    He was goaded into telling a national TV audience he needed people to 'wipe his ass' for him.
    When told Doubleday was going to publish 'Tuesdays With Morrie' he stated, 'Oh, Doubleday, I've heard of them.'
    His 1996 book was retitled ' Morrie: In His Own Words' to capitalize on his name.
    Ted Koppel chose to end his run hosting 'Nightline' not with an original or farewell piece but a repeat of an interview with him and Albom (November 22, 2005).
    He grew up in poverty in a New York City Jewish tenement.
    He taught classes into his 70s until his disease made it impossible for him to continue.
    His main concern was leaving his family with high medical costs (which were taken care of by the book deal).
    'Tuesdays With Morrie' was featured on Oprah's book club, was a 'USA Today' best seller for over 6 years and made him posthumously famous.
    Jack Lemmon won an Emmy portraying him.
    He faced death with courage and a willingness to discuss his illness rather than isolate himself.

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