"I was 4 when my father died; we had $17 in the bank and I barely remember him. All I remember is they tried to split up my family and put us away in foster homes. I was the youngest of 8, 4 boys and 4 girls, the oldest being…"
By Michael K. Farr
"I am a believer in America's exceptionalism. We are a unique country because we're not ethnically or religiously pure. We're exceptional because we have pursued, much of the time, what I would call 'homely virtues' -- that you shouldn't expect anything that doesn't come by hard work, that you can have a better life than your parents did if you work and learn and improve yourself."
"Paul Berry was born in the city of Detroit on February 15, 1944. He was raised by his grandmother Annie M. Talley – to whom he was the oldest of 54 grandchildren. She saw him as her second chance to be an even better parent and instill the drive and…"
"Jose Rodriguez first set foot in Washington D.C. on March 24th, 1957. After paying a taxi to get downtown and spending the last eight dollars in his pocket, he began going door to door determined to find a job. Starting on 18th Street and Columbia Road, he walked down the…"
"Hank Holland was born with mild Cerebral Palsy, but through his colorful life has become a true entrepreneur and one of America's most sought-after folk artists. With over 8100 paintings to his name, he has been featured in 9 magazines and several local newspapers. His work hangs in homes and…"
"My grandfather immigrated to America and delivered milk. My father worked hard, became a physician, and achieved national recognition. My father’s success was earned through diligence and determination. He believed that my brothers and I should follow his example. He never paid an allowance; he never gave us anything besides…"
"October 29, 2012 - John Saunders was born in 1927 in Washington, D.C. He was one of five children. His father was a reporter and was said to have the largest working vocabulary of any newspaperman in the area; he also had a weak heart and possibly a drinking problem.…"
"My world changed on a perfectly beautiful spring morning in March of 1962. A whole year of paperwork and preparations had culminated into this, a Friday morning, at the age of 15. Instead of preparing to go out to have fun with my friends, I was now preparing to leave…"
"In 2001 my parents, in their early 40s and already established in their careers in Macedonia, took a giant bet and a leap of faith and came to the United States. My dad took a significantly lower post at the Macedonian Embassy than his position back home and my mom…"