2011 Twenty Questions Interviews : Ed Glassman
20 Questions Interview
with Ed Glassman
Retired President of the Creativity College®
1. What's your name?
2. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in NYC.
3. Who are you today?
- I am a writer. I recently published a creativity book called: Creativity Triggers For College Students.
- I also am a father of 4 daughters and grandfather of 16 grandchildren
- writer of a biweekly column on creativity for the Creativity Portal
- writer of a monthly column on magic ("The Amateur Conjuror") for the Magic Roadshow
- author of a book on magic: Family Magic I & II: 105 tricks For My Family
- author of a book on nutrition: Weight Loss Simplified: You Really Do Want To lose Weight, Don't You?
- retired Professor of Biochemistry & Nutrition
- retired management creativity consultant
- retired president of the Creativity College®
4. What do you do? (Elevator speech)
Besides my writing and creating (& doing) magic tricks for my family, I work out with a personal trainer 2 times a week and on my own 2 times a week.
5. What's your story (how did you get here)?
My education (Ph.D.) allowed me to become a scientist and a professor of biochemistry & nutrition.
My lifelong learning in the form of workshops, courses, extensive reading, and other self-taught efforts enabled me to become a consultant and/or writer in education, creativity, magic, nutrition, columns for local newspapers; etc.
6. Why is creativity important to you?
WOW. Creativity provides an inherent part of human nature. We all explode with creativity. That is how we humans survived nature and developed our civilizations and diverse cultures. The difficulty for each individual consists of preserving the process and getting it out into a critical environment.
Creativity is the basis of almost everything I do: science, teaching, consulting, writing, living a full life with my family and friends.
7. When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
When I was about 8, I read Microbe Hunters by Paul DeKruif. From that time I decreed that 'I am a scientist,' similar to when I pretended 'I am a cowboy' when I was 5. However, from that moment, I was a scientist and focused on developing the skills and tools to becoming a better scientist.
Later in life, I became a Visiting Fellow of the Center For Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC, and stumbled into creativity training.
8. How did you embrace it?
From that experience. I announced to myself: 'I am a creativity consultant.' I went on to read extensively, attend courses and workshops, and eventually lead workshops for many large & small corporations, and write columns, articles, and books.
When I turned 80 years old, I declared: 'I am a writer,' and in five months wrote two books on magic, two on creativity, and one on nutrition & weight loss. All that information I had learned and stored throughout my life came gushing out and I didn't stop until I wrote it all down. Subsequently, I wrote my latest book on Creativity Triggers For College Students.
9. How did that feel?
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