Education: How to Be Famous

Peace and calm is no way to raise a child to fame and fortune. A home should rock with passion, roll with turbulence, all of it caused by a violently opinionated father who in his own time is a failure. His awed and admiring son will then spend a creative life avenging father.

So suggests Manhattan Psychologist Victor Goertzel, president of the National Association for Gifted Children. By studying the lives of 350 well-known people, Goertzel, 46, is trying to discover what kind of families breed the species. From the first 77 cases—he is methodically working through the alphabet—Psychologist Goertzel reports, in...

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