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Earl Nightingale (March 12, 1921 – March 25, 1989) was an American motivational speaker and author, known as the "Dean of Personal Development."[1] He was the voice in the early 1950s of Sky King, the hero of a radio adventure series, and was a WGN radio show host from 1950 to 1956.[2]Author of the Strangest Secret, which economist Terry Savage has called “…One of the great motivational books of all time“.[3]

Early Years

When Nightingale was seventeen he joined the United States Marines. He was on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor and was one of twelve surviving Marines on board that day.[4] Before being mustered, Nightingale was an instructor at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

After the war Nightingale began work in the radio industry, which eventually led to work as a motivational speaker. In 1956 he produced a spoken word record, The Strangest Secret, which sold over a million copies, making it the first spoken-word recording to achieve Gold Record status[5] . Then in 1960, he cofounded the Nightingale-Conant corporation with Lloyd Conant.[6]

Nightingale’s radio program, Our Changing World, became the most highly syndicated radio program ever, and was heard across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, South Africa, the Bahamas, 23 countries overseas, as well as the Armed Forces Network.

In 1985, Nightingale was inducted into The Association of National Broadcasters, Radio Hall of Fame.[7]

During his lifetime, Nightingale wrote and recorded over 7,000 radio programs, 250 audio programs as well as television programs and videos.[8]

In the mid-eighties, Nightingale wrote his first book, Earl Nightingale’s Greatest Discovery for which he received the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for Literary Excellency.

Just prior to his passing in 1989, Nightingale created a new format for a book that included his text, his illustrations, and incorporated space for a private journal. He called it The Winner’s Notebook.

After his retirement and before his death, Nightingale and his wife, Diana formed Keys Publishing.


  1. ^ The Nassau Guardian - Meteorological Myths – Editoral Colume – 30 June – 2003. [1]
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune – CHICAGOLAND - Kenan Heise - Mar 29, 1989 [2]
  3. ^ Chicago Sun Times - THE SAVAGE TRUTH | Economic fears are a big part of country's problems – Terry Savage – March 9, 2009. [3]
  4. ^ Lanka Newspaper – We Became What We Think About – Monday, 2 April 2007 [4]
  5. ^ PR - Bob Proctor from The Secret shares His Insights on Learning, Creating Prosperity & The Law of Attraction - Allison Kugel - April 02, 2007 [5]
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune - NORTH SPORTS FINAL, C Edition - Kenan Heise. - Mar 29, 1989 - [6]
  7. ^ Lexington Herald Leader-"RADIO'S NIGHTINGALE TO LECTURE" - D1 LIFESTYLE = April 24, 1986 [7]
  8. ^ Secrets Of A Superstar Speaker - Lilly Walters - McGraw-Hill - ISBN0071347070 / 9780071347075 - [8]

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