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November 28, 2012
I first met Zig in 1971 when I started in real estate. I was an ex-accountant who was introverted, shy and without any self confidence. I was scared about making my living from sales commissions dealing with the public. Zig came to our sales meeting and was selling motivational cassette tapes. I was so impressed that I bought his tapes and wore them out listening to them every single day. I know that Zig was a big part of my selling success and I made the million dollar club that first year. I went on to open 6 real estate offices. I didn't meet Zig again until 1999 when we joined the church where Zig was a Bible class teacher and we became great friends with Zig and the Redhead. He was a wonderful teacher, combining motivational principles tied to Christian values. During the next 12 years, Zig began to ask me about my life and took a real interest. When I was diagnosed with idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2004 and given a “Death Sentence” with an estimated 6 months to 2 years to live, Zig and Jean began encouraging me to write a book about my life. A daughter of theirs had died from the same disease. While I was writing my first book, “Does God Give Us More Than We Can Bear?”, Zig asked me every Sunday how it was coming along and he would constantly encourage me. When I had finished the manuscript and was ready to send it to my publisher, I was very nervous about it because I had never written anything and was afraid that it was terrible. That Saturday night I told my wife that I would like to ask Zig to read it to get his opinion before I sent it to the publisher. We decided that we didn't want to impose on him so we decided to not ask Zig. Sunday morning at church Zig immediately asked how my manuscript was coming and I told him I was ready to send it in. Zig immediately said to me, “Jerry I would consider it a privilege if you would allow me to read your manuscript before you send it in.” I was astounded and then Zig said,” Jerry I would love to write your book foreword if you would like.” After I sent in my manuscript, the publisher called me to go over the items that would be included in the book. The person doing the check list made the comment that he assumed since I was a new writer on my first book that I wouldn't have a foreword. When I told him I already had one, he asked who it was and when I told him it was Zig, his comment to me was, “People like Zig don't usually write forewords for people like you.” When I told Zig, his reply was, “They don't understand friendships, do they?” After my book was released and I gave Zig a copy, he immediately said to me, ”Jerry I am so proud of you.” When you understand that I was 70 years old and had never had a man or a father figure ever tell me that. A couple of months later, I had my first book signing at Barnes & Noble store in Dallas. I asked if Zig and Jean could attend. They said certainly. Well Zig sat at the signing table with me the entire two hours. One book buyer asked me if it was okay for Zig to autograph my book too and I said sure. Zig signed books the entire two hours. After the book signing was over, the book department manager told me that in her entire career she had never seen two authors autograph the same book when they weren't co-authors. Later that same year Zig and Jean attended a surprise birthday for me. Zig was the warmest and most giving person that I have ever met and was just like a father to me.
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