Daily Archives: June 5, 2011

Chapter 1: The Candy Store

For the better part of the first eighteen years of my life, my life revolved around a series of two small candy stores in Queens, New York. It was there that I learned about the value of hard work and the importance of family, and the fundamentals of business, including the Darwinian nature of the […]

Chapter 2: A Coach Named Joe

”Let me paint the scene. South Jamaica, 50 or 60 years ago. Middle class. Poor. Immigrants. The principal influence was the family and the church or the synagogue. No one had an automobile or a TV. In that environment picture a guy who was born in Queens. He had been a semi-professional [baseball] player. He […]

Chapter 3: The Breakdown

CREEDMOOR. Any kid growing up in Queens in the 1960s knew the word. Creedmoor meant crazy, insane. Kids used to joke about it, as in “That guy belongs in Creedmoor.” Or, “Man, you belong in Creedmoor.” Creedmoor, of course, refers to the one hundred year old psychiatric hospital located in Queens Village, whose main structure […]