67, Always Curious, Dies
Marcello Truzzi died rather suddenly around three o'clock, local
the afternoon of February 2, 2003, in Michigan. As recently as a
before his death, he was talking with his friend Jerome Clark about
excitement in working on his planned personal autobiography.
passing, thus, is a surprise to his friends and his family. He had
suffering from colon rectal cancer during the last seven years, but
in and out of remission. His Michigan friends note that he fought
cancer so diligently that he actually bought about four extra years
Truzzi was associated with the beginnings of the intellectual
of skepticism in America, first with his association with the
the Scientific Evaluation of the Paranormal, whose members included
Gardner, Ray Hyman, James Randi, and Marcello Truzzi, all magicians.
during the early 1970s, Truzzi was also publishing a privately
newsletter called the Zetetic. In 1976, Truzzi was the co-founder,
Kurtz, of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims
Paranormal (CSICOP), but he would later break from Kurtz and CSICOP.
1978, he began publishing the Zetetic Scholar, and created the
Scientific Anomalies Research. He was a sociologist at Eastern
University in Ypsilanti.
Marcello Truzzi's family was a rather famous Russian Italian circus
being part of Circus Truzzi in Russia. Indeed, Truzzi was born in
Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 6, 1935, when his family was there
tour. His family moved to the USA in 1940. He continued, throughout
life, to have a passionate and intellectual interest in magic,
sideshows, carnivals, and circuses, as well as sociology,
psychology, and folk culture. I shall always recall our frequent
exchanges on everything from hoaxing and anomalistic phenomena, to
and cryptozoology. He loved to coin words like "pseudoskepticism"
An extraordinary wordsmith, Truzzi edited books on a variety of
(criminal life, anthropology, sexism, revolution, sociology, police
well as coauthoring several books. Some of these include Caldron
Authentic Guide for Coven Connoisseurs (with illus. Victoria Chess;
The Blue Sense: Psychic Detectives and Crime (with Arthur Lyons;
Encounters (consultant), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to
Extraterrestrial Intelligence (consultant).
He will be deeply missed.
© Loren Coleman 2003
Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman is the author of
twenty books, including
Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America
(Paraview Pocket, 2003). His website is