If not for Alvin Toffler I wouldn't be a futurist. It was reading Toffler, along with Marshall McLuhan, R. Buckminster Fuller and a lot of science fiction in my early twenties that gave me the basis for thinking that there was some profession about the future to be had. Fuller and McLuhan both died more than 30 years ago. Toffler just died last week. The three thinkers who most shaped my thinking about change, media, and the planet on which we live are all gone while we continue to move toward the future they described decades ago.