Executive View: Climbing that First Job Rung

Executive View/Marshall Loeb

Because he teaches at Temple University, just eight scabrous blocks from where he was raised as the son of a housemaid and a man who left when the boy was three, Walter Williams jokes that he never really broke out of the Philadelphia slums. As a kid, he drifted. He determined to make something of himself only when he was leaving the Army. Married, broke and 25, Williams drove a Yellow Cab, saved some money, went to California and invested the next ten years in study. "When I first attempted the...

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