The Most Influential People in My Life

by Dom Nozzi

The following people are the most influential people in my entire life. Each profoundly influenced the direction I have taken in my life, and the beliefs I firmly hold. I am thankful to each one of them for inspiring and motivating me. For making my life and my work more gratifying. Unlike my blog list regarding the greatest people of all time, this list contains only those people who had a positive influence.

My parents Albert and Sara Nozzi

Robert Ingersoll

Thomas Kuhn

Marvin Harris

Jeff Kenworthy

Peter Newman

Noam Chomsky

Anthony Downs

Wayne Dyer

Abbie Hoffman

BF Skinner

Donald Shoup

Jane Jacobs

Ayn Rand

Bjorn Lomborg

Stanley Milgram

Ray Oldenburg

James Howard Kunstler

George Orwell

Frances Moore Lappe

Richard Florida

John Kenneth Galbraith

Garrett Hardin

Thomas Paine

Karl Marx

Mohandas Gandhi

Andres Duany

Ian Lockwood

Walter Kulash

Victor Dover

Michael Ronkin

Hans Monderman

Peter Swift

Robert Taber

Dalton Trumbo

AD White

Bertrand Russell

Madalyn Murray O’Hair


I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

50 Years Memoir CoverMy memoir can be purchased here:

Paperback = Hardcover =

My book, The Car is the Enemy of the City (WalkableStreets, 2010), can be purchased here: Car is the Enemy book cover

My book, Road to Ruin, can be purchased here:

My Adventures blog

My Best-Ever Lists blog

Run for Your Life! Dom’s Dangerous Opinions blog

My Town & Transportation Planning website

My Plan B blog

My Facebook profile

My YouTube video library

My Picasa Photo library

My Author spotlight


About Dom Nozzi

Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable & bikeable streets & trails specialist, writer, editor, speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, urbanist. Make my own beer, wine, pasta, bread. Live by the motto that it is the things we do NOT do that we later regret. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.
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