Irene Stephenson

Irene Stephenson at 21-years-old. Photo with permission by Irene Stephenson Irene Stephenson at 21-years-old. Photo with permission by Irene Stephenson

On this date in 1923, Irene Hamlin Stephenson was born in Chicago. In 1973, Stephenson founded a method of personality analysis called "biorhythm," which assesses individual characteristics and compatibility between partners based on certain physical, mental and emotional "cycles." She wrote a column on biorhythm compatibilities for the National Singles Register from 1979-81. She was the editor of The Truth newsletter from 1979 to 1985, and is the editor of the Mini Examiner newsletter (since 1985). She has been the founder, owner and president of several matchmaking services that use her biorhythm analysis method. She has written numerous articles for magazines on issues of compatibility. She is quoted in Who's Who in America (1998): "To be happy, you have to be what is natural for you, not what someone else wants you to be" (p. 4165). Stephenson is a Lifetime member of the Foundation, and a self-proclaimed atheist.

"I want you to know I read EVERY WORD of Freethought Today. When my copy arrives I feel as if I have received a love letter."

—Irene Stephenson in a letter to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, May 20, 2007

Compiled by Bonnie Gutsch

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