Mom Liked Him Best

Thanks for the most informative article, "Playing Favorites" by Jeffrey Kluger [Nov. 14]. As the second of four boys, I always knew that the first — and last — born were favorites, although our parents always denied it. I and the third son left home at 16 and 17, respectively, while the favorites stayed home until well after finishing school. We two were far better prepared to deal with the real world than the favorites were. Although we had less education when leaving home, we were much more successful in our careers. How ironic that it appears, at least in...

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