1. Personalize Rich

“Rich is some sh*t you could lose with a crazy summer and a drug habit.”

Chris Rock, comedian

My first recollection of the term rich dates back to around Halloween 1984. While my other 4-year-old friends dressed up as ghosts, witches, and Snow White, my costume was Richie Rich, “The richest kid in the world.”

Hanna-Barbera’s Richie Rich was a cartoon series about a fictitious little boy whose animated life couldn’t have been further from my childhood truth. Whereas this young boy summered on a gold-painted yacht, I elbowed my way around the sandpit at Elm Park in Worcester, Massachusetts. Richie had a butler and a maid, as well as a room full of stuffed animals, video game machines, an outdoor tennis court, and shiny blonde ...

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