Martins Ferry Hall of Honor to add Canfield

JACK CANFIELD, co-founder of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a former Martins Ferry resident, has been selected for induction this year into the Martins Ferry Hall of Honor.

Canfield joined with the other co-founder, Mark Victor Hansen in 1990 to create the series, which includes inspirational, motivational and uplifting stories. The series has been termed by USA Today as one of the five most memorable and impactful books in the last quarter of a century, and Time magazine referred to it as the “publishing phenomenon of the decade.”

The HofH ceremony, which will include several other inductees, is scheduled April 6 at 2 p.m. in the Martins Ferry High School cafetorium, and it is free and open to the public. Canfield will be unable to attend because of his busy schedule.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Canfield spent his early years in Martins Ferry and was graduated from the Linsly Military Institute in 1962. During his youth in Martins Ferry, he was a member of a Boy Scout troop at the First Methodist Church.

After being graduated from Linsly, Canfield went to Harvard University where he studied Chinese history and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1966. His master’s degree in psychological education was earned at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1973. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Santa Monica, Parker College of Chiropractic and St. Ambrose University.

Over the last three decades, he has been a psychotherapist, an educational consultant, trainer and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem and peak performance.

Sometimes called “America’s No. 1 Success Coach,” Canfield also is the co-author of several best-selling books such as “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be,” “Dare to Win,” “The Aladdin Factor,” “The Power of Focus,” “You’ve Got to Read This Book!” and “The Key to Living the Law of Attraction.”

He holds the Guinness Book World record for having seven books simultaneously on the New York Times Bestseller List. In addition, he holds the Guinness Book World record for the largest book-signing ever for “Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul.”

Canfield also has been a featured guest on more than 1,000 radio and television programs in nearly every major market worldwide.

He is the founder and chairman of The Canfield Training Group in Santa Barbara, Calif., where entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and motivated individuals are trained how to accelerate the achievement of their personal and professional goals.

Canfield founded The Foundation for Self-Esteem in California, and it provides self-esteem resources and trainings to social workers, welfare recipients and human resource professionals. He wrote and produced the Goals Program, a video training program for California welfare recipients.

Founding of the Transformational Leadership Council also is included in his many activities.

The motivational speaker/author’s honors are numerous such as being named Motivator of the Year by the Business Digest twice, a Speaker of the Year Award from the Society of Success and Leadership, a Golden Plate Award from the National Achievement Summit, a Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Massachusetts, induction into the National Speakers Association’s Speakers Hall of Fame and a recipient of Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellowship.

Named Outstanding Young Man of America by the Jaycees in 1978, Canfield more recently received Oprah’s Angel Network Award in 1999. He’s the only author to have received the American Booksellers Book of the Year Award and the Southern California Book Publicist award in the same year.

Also to be inducted April 6 into the Martins Ferry Hall of Honor, which is sponsored by The Citizens Bank, are May Louise Hinton Wykle, Ph.D.., a former Mount Pleasant resident who was the first African-American graduate of the Ruth Brant School of Nursing in Martins Ferry and the first African-American dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; Dr. R.A. Raimonde, whose general practice in the city was opened in 1952 and and who later was president of the hospital’s medical staff and on its board of directors as well as president of the Belmont County Medical Society; the late Dr. C.B. Messerly, an early Martins Ferry physician who helped to found Martins Ferry Hospital; Patrolman Peter A. Reddy, a Martins Ferry policeman killed in the line of duty; and Calvin and Betty J. Pokas, journalists with Calvin being in the OVAC Hall of Fame, two state Halls of Fame and the Bellaire Wall of Fame and Betty is in the Barnesville Area Education Foundation HofF. Calvin Pokas and Reddy are deceased.

Pokas can be reached at