I was born May 20, 1918 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. My father was a watchmaker and jeweler. After completing grammar school he had to drop out to learn the trade of watchmaking in order to do his share of supplementing his parents’ income. My mother finished high school and married my father in 1910. He worked in a jewelry store in Wilkes-Barre until it was forced to close during the Great Depression. It was a tragic period for my parents, who then had to struggle to make ends meet. They never wavered in their devotion to my brother and me.
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