It is a pleasure to acknowledge the assistance of a
multitude of people without whom this book could
never have been written.
A grant of $500,000 from the W. Clement and Jessie
V. Stone Foundation made possible not only the
actual preparation of the book but also much of the
research upon which the book is based.
Og Mandino - my alter ego - transformed a dull,
ponderous volume that I had put together during the
preceding three years into the sprightly,
fascinating book that you are about to read.
All of the earlier research, and much of the later
research upon which the book is based, was paid for
by contributions from the members of the Foundation
for the Study of Cycles. To them my everlasting
gratitude, and to Gertrude Roessle, whose devoted
service as manager of our membership department
raised more than $1,000,000 for our research in the
early days. (It is neither easy nor inexpensive to
hew out a new science.)
Copley Amory, of Boston, our first chairman, was
father to the Foundation and a second father to me.
My gratitude also goes to Chapin Hoskins, who
introduced me to cycle study, and to the long list
of cycle scientists from the biblical Joseph in the
time of the Pharaohs to Great Britain's Lord
Beveridge in the present century on whose shoulders
I have stood, as others will on mine.