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Carnegie Inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians


Carnegie Inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG - 9/07/2006 - Dale Carnegie, a self-development pioneer known for his best-selling book "How to Win Friends and Influence People," soon becomes the newest member of the Hall of Famous Missourians at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie attends a picnic at
Central Missouri

Ceremony Planned for Sept. 13

The UCM alumnus will be inducted into the Hall in a public ceremony at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, will conduct the event in the House Chamber on the third floor.

Bronze Bust to be Dedicated

Festivities include special remarks as well as the presentation of a bronze sculpture, which will be on permanent display in the capitol's third floor rotunda. Joining Jetton for the ceremony are Aaron Podolefsky, UCM president; Michael Crom, executive vice president of Dale Carnegie Training; 121st District Representative David Pearce, R-Warrensburg; 162nd District Representative Terry Swinger, D-Caruthersville; and Sabra Tull Meyer, Columbia, sculptor of the bust of Carnegie. UCM will host a reception in the third floor rotunda immediately following.

Dale Carnegie as a young man

A young Dale Carnegie

Recognized as One of America's Most Influential People

From humble beginnings as a Missouri farm boy, Carnegie went on to be listed in "Life" magazine as one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century." His book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People," has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and was identified by "American Heritage" as one of the 10 works that shaped American culture.

Attended UCM

The legendary author and teacher was born Nov. 24, 1888, in Maryville. His family later moved to Warrensburg, and he attended Central Missouri State, riding three miles to campus by horseback from the Carnegie farm south of town.

Speaking Techniques Developed Early

As a college student, he became interested in speech and debate. Although he was not an immediate success, he developed a technique that he copied from a Chautauqua lecturer who visited Warrensburg, and he succeeded so well that he began to teach other students. He was elected class president his sophomore year, then left the university in 1908 after receiving a regent's certificate to teach in Missouri.

After leaving school, Carnegie began his career as a salesman in the Midwest, at first selling correspondence courses to farmers in western Nebraska, and later lard and bacon in the South Dakota Badlands.

Dale CarnegieThe Dale Carnegie Course is Developed

After settling in New York, his life took a dramatic turn. During 1912, he began teaching public speaking classes at the local YMCA. With a strong drive for success, he soon began teaching classes along the East Coast, which ultimately developed into the internationally known Dale Carnegie Course®. This revolutionary instructional program in communication and human relations lives on today, and has expanded into a worldwide training network involving millions of people in more than 70 countries.

"How to Win Friends and Influence People" a Worldwide Success

When Carnegie couldn't find textbooks that suited his course topics, he wrote booklets for his classes. These publications were expanded into the first modern self-help book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People." He flourished as an author, and his works have since been printed and published in 38 languages.

Varied Career as Columnist and Broadcaster

In addition to being an author and educator, Carnegie was a syndicated newspaper columnist, radio personality, prominent lecturer, and sought-after counselor to world leaders. He was married to Dorothy Price Vanderpool Carnegie, and had one daughter, Donna Dale Carnegie. He died of Hodgkin's disease Nov. 1, 1955, and is buried in Belton, MO.

Central Missouri President George Diemer presents an honorary doctorate to alumnus Dale Carnegie in 1955.

Central Missouri President George
Diemer presents Dale Carnegie with an honorary
doctorate in 1955.

Accomplishments of Missourians Recognized

The Hall of Famous Missourians was established in 1982 as a way to honor the accomplishments of the state's most famous residents. The Speaker of the House is the official "keeper" of the Hall. Carnegie joins a host of other Missourians who have been inducted into the Hall, including former Missouri Governor and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, President Harry S Truman, cartoonist Walt Disney, Voice of the St. Louis Cardinals Jack Buck and many more.