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Alvin Toffler (1928 - 2016)

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Alvin Toffler (1928 - 2016)

Alvin Toffler, a writer whose million-selling book "Future Shock" in 1970 explored modern technologies and the digital revolution, died June 27, 2016.

Toffler, who helped to coin the term "information overload," died late Monday in his sleep at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles, said Yvonne Merkel, a spokeswoman for his consulting firm, Toffler Associates, which is based in Reston, Virginia.

"Future Shock" sold over 6 million copies, making it the fourth best-selling book in the 1970s.


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Toffler, who was born Oct. 4, 1928, in New York, New York, attended New York University, where he met his future wife. Adelaide "Heidi" Farrell, who was also a futurist. They married in 1950.

To find something to write about, the Tofflers worked in a number of assembly line jobs for five years. Alvin Toffler took a job as a White House correspondent for a daily newspaper in Pennsylvania. That led to his hiring by Fortune magazine as its labor columnist. He did that for three years and then became a freelance writer.

The Tofflers conducted research in the mid-1960s that led to the publishing of "Future Shock."

The Tofflers followed that up with "The Third Wave" in 1980. The book predicted technologies including personal computers, the internet, cable TV, and mobile communication.

"A new civilization is emerging in our lives, and blind men everywhere are trying to suppress it," the Tofflers write in "The Third Wave." "This new civilization brings with it new family styles; changed ways of working, loving, and living; a new economy; new political conflicts; and beyond all this an altered consciousness as well. … The dawn of this new civilization is the single most explosive fact of our lifetimes."

Toffler is survived by his wife. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen.

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