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•  John Naisbitt, who leapt to fame with his 1982 book "Megatrends," has passed away.  He was 92.  No cause of death has been divulged.

The Washington Post writes that his book, which "projected trends in business and society, became a bestseller and made him an adviser to presidents, prime ministers and corporate titans … Naisbitt , a onetime public relations executive and federal official, became an independent business analyst in the late 1960s, first in Chicago and later in Washington.

"Spotting trends in newspapers and magazines, he summarized his findings in reports for businesses, research groups and libraries. He struggled for years, declaring bankruptcy in the late 1970s — and pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud — before 'Megatrends' made him an international star of futuristic studies."