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George Leonard was a renaissance man with a lifetime of fascinating stories. In his obituary the San Francisco Chronicle described George Leonard as a” charismatic, tireless journalist who foresaw – and then pioneered – the human potential movement.”
Leonard is credited with introducing the “free will” movement of the ’60s with a special issue of LOOK Magazine entitled “Youth of the Sixties: The Explosive Generation.” He predicted the end to the sexual revolution and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
He became active at the Esalen Institute, a countercultural retreat at Big Sur, and wrote a dozen books intended to help readers expand their consciousness and achieve their potentials. Among his books are the best-sellers “Education and Ecstasy,” “The Transformation,” “The Ultimate Athlete,” “Mastery” and “The Life We Are Given.”
Leonard was married three times and had four children. He died at his Mill Valley home January 6, 2010 at the age of 86.