|Leo Buscaglia grew up in a close-knit Italian immigrant family and he often cited his loving father as formative influence. Buscaglia received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Southern California and, in 1963, he earned his Ph.D. Buscaglia worked for five years as an administrator in the Pasadena school system before making a trip to Asia. That trip helped shape his approach to life and was to help form the central idea that he wrote about in his popular self-help books. From 1965 he held various professorships at his alma mater, eventually becoming professor of education. There he introduced a course called "Love 101"--and got the nickname "Dr. Love." Buscaglia was a popular teacher as well as a publishing phenomenon. His books were on the bestseller lists, he lectured widely, and he made appearances on public television. He had a large, almost cult-like following in the late '70s and early '80s, and it was reported that his audience members would often come up to him and hug him after his lectures. A convivial person who loved good food and wine, Buscaglia never married, saying that he had a relationship with all of "personhood."