CHAPTER 1

My Jewish Merchant Family

My home town was never home. Thank heaven for Life magazine.

Long before I was old enough to vote or drive, I was dreaming up new businesses. They were the kinds of things a kid would think up, like a business that made airplanes kids could fly or healthy sodas kids could drink whenever they wanted. Like most other little kids with big ideas, I didn't believe my childhood fantasies would come true. Looking back, though, I realize some of my ideas were eerily similar to the businesses I have started as an adult.

My Business Roots

I have my paternal grandfather, Simon Skorman, to thank for both my entrepreneurial spirit and my Ohio roots. As a teenager in 1914, Simon left Russia to join relatives in Cleveland. ...

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