One of my really wonderful authors, Charla Krupp, died this week. Charla was always full of life, ideas and generosity. It turns out she was battling breast cancer during the writing of her second book and the promotion of both her books. But she didn’t want anyone to know lest they think she might not deliver. She ALWAYS delivered. What a pro.
This week I’ve heard and read so many wonderful stories about her. She was a great mentor to her young assistants when she was at Glamour and InStyle. She’d invent reasons why they should bring her a folder when she was lunching with Katie Couric, or have them deliver something into the hands of the Editor-in-Chief so they would be noticed by her. She was always making sure women would get ahead in Journalism. How appropriate that her husband, Richard Zoglin, has created a fund for Women in Journalism: The Charla Krupp Memorial Fund for Women in Media at the University of Illinois College of Media. If any of you feel so inclined, gifts may be mailed to the University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61802, or may be given online at www.media.illinois.edu/give, by typing in the fund name.
Charla saw her first book, HOW NOT TO LOOK OLD, not as a frivolous look at beauty or fashion but that for women over 40, “Looking good is about our personal and financial survival.” And I believe she is right.
I will miss her so much.
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