Perhaps the most famous person from our Class of 1957 is Spencer Johnson. We all knew him as Pat.
Here's a statement on our classmate's career from the website: http://www.whomovedmycheese.com/spencerjohnson/
Dr. Spencer Johnson is one of the world's most influential thinkers and beloved authors. He is renowned for his brief, profound parables that help millions of people manage in changing times and rejuvenate their spirits. The former physician's stories focus on discovering how to enjoy healthier success, with more meaning and less stress, at work and in life.
His ten international bestselling books include three #1 bestsellers: Who Moved My Cheese? An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change, the most widely read book on change; The One Minute Manager, the world's most popular management method for over two decades, co-authored with Ken Blanchard; and his newest, The Present. Over 40 million copies of Dr. Johnson's books are in print in 42 languages.
The Internet bookseller Amazon.com announced that it's #1 all-time bestselling book, during it's first ten years of history, is Spencer Johnson's WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?
Referred to as "The King of Parables" by USA Today, he is described as the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work. The universal principles and practical tools found in his books have also made them record-breaking bestsellers in many other countries.
Dr. Johnson's newest book, The Present, a #1 New York Times Business Best-seller, was the #1 book of the year in 2004 in South Korea with over 500,000 copies of the Korean editions in print.
The New York Times Book Review, in a 2005 article on Chinese publishing, reports that Spencer Johnson's book Who Moved My Cheese? has become China's all time bestselling translated work with official sales of over two million copies to date.
In Japan, Who Moved My Cheese? has sold over 4,500,000 copies to become the #1 bestselling book in Japan's history by a non-Japanese author.
Dr. Johnson earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and medical clerkships at The Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School.
He has served as Medical Director of Communications for Medtronic, the original innovators of cardiac pacemakers; Research Physician at the Institute for Inter-Disciplinary Studies, a medical-social think tank; Consultant to the Center for the Study of the Person, and to the School of Medicine, University of California; Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Business School and is an Advisor to Harvard's Center for Public Leadership.
Dr. Johnson is Chairman of Spencer Johnson Partners, a firm that puts his books to work, partnering with organizations to help them prosper from change.