"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier." –Colin Powell
- Born on October 8, 1941 to a sixteen-year-old high school student and her 33-year-old married neighbor.
- As a young boy, he was often made fun of for being an out-of-wedlock kid, but the persecution increased his drive for success.
- He attended Sterling High School and was elected class president, was tenth in his class, and received letters in baseball, football, and basketball. Sterling High was a racially segregated high school.