He’s a fellow one wouldn’t initially peg as a Back brain dominant “Introvert,” but his love for animals and people earned him the limelight over the last few decades to the point where he actually became a mainstay on the “Late Show” with David Letterman (#13 FCIR)Jack Hanna, the acclaimed wildlife conservationist, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, his family announced.

“His condition has progressed much faster in the last few months than any of us could have anticipated,” the statement reads. “Sadly, Dad is no longer able to participate in public life as he used to.”

As often is the case with well-known Back brainers, Hanna, a #2 BEAR, never anticipated fame early in his career.  He became the director of the Columbus Zoo in the late 70s, and realizing the importance of public relations for both funding and zoo attendance, Hannah and the zoo started a local television program.  Then, in 1983, as Jack puts it, “I was invited to appear on Good Morning America in New York following the birth of baby twin gorillas at the Columbus Zoo.  I eagerly accepted the invitation knowing that this was a great opportunity to educate people across the nation about animals. I have been a regular guest and wildlife correspondent ever since.” 

Hanna’s enthusiastic TV acceptance for the public’s education could be seen by some as he seeking only his glory over the animals’, but knowing his inborn #2 design, we doubt that.  BEAR “Emotion Detectors” love to be a part of causes that are near and dear to their heartstrings.  And it’s rare to find #2s that aren’t drawn to animals.

The statement from the Hanna family further reads, “While Dad’s health has deteriorated quickly, we can assure you that his great sense of humor still shines through. And yes — he still wears his khakis at home.”  Of course, #2s often have a keen sense of humor.  Like #10s, they are apt to hold onto a few, or many, childhood tendencies, if nothing else than to keep life exciting and fun.  That is why #2s, especially (being Empiricals), often learn best outside the 4-walled classroom.  Hanna once said, The world is the true classroom. The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something with our own eyes.”

Our thoughts and prayers go to the Hannah family.

Written by: Staff
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