Excerpts from…

Robert Miller’s Legacy Profile

                …I have one extremely vivid memory from my childhood: I’m a Boy Scout, about 12 or 13 years old, and living on Olmstead Boulevard, a very poor section of Worcester, Massachusetts.

                A friend and I are walking along.  We see a wallet on the ground.  When we pick it up, we’re shocked to find $500 in it! I call my mother.  She says the best thing to do is to take the wallet to the Police Station.

                When we get there, we discover that it belongs to a woman who’s married to a bookie.  That was why there’s all that money in it!


                The next day I get a write-up and my picture in the papers, and I’m honored at school: We found $500 and turned it in!  I feel very good. And to top it off, they gave me $25 as a reward.  It’s my first experience with $500…
          

            Moving to Columbus was a turning point.  I went to a good school: Lincoln Avenue.  And that was the start of my foundation.  I thoroughly enjoyed it there.  I played cards with the guys – poker, blackjack – and football and baseball too. Finally, I was one of the boys!  I related to my peers.  I built wonderful friendships. In fact, I still see some of these guys today. At school, I dated and even took one girl to the Senior Prom, though dancing wasn’t really my thing…

 

                At 19, I became a traveling salesman, learning the business world at a very young age.  But that didn’t last too long.  It was right before the Korean War broke out -- and within months I was drafted.  So much for life as a traveling salesman!


                The Army was, surprisingly, a revelation: I was thrown in with people from a whole different walk of life.  And during basic training, I learned a great deal.  Unfortunately, I was being trained in heavy mortar – exactly what they were using for combat in Korea.  At 19 years old, I was preparing to go to war…

 

                The fun began when I went through Europe on furlough.  By that time, I was 21.  I traveled alone all through Italy, Belgium, France. It was wonderful!  I got to know a lot of people, including a pretty girl about three or four years older than I.  We met on a train going from Venice to Florence.  I recall this as a nice interlude in my young, single life!  It was very, very nice…

 

                 My philosophy is:  Be good to the ones you love and try to achieve as much peace and happiness as you can – especially at my age!


                Now that I’m turning 75, I cherish the days that give me joy, probably more so than most people.  Sometimes, in the morning, I sit at home feeling very thankful that my life enables me to do what I wish…

 

                Whatever I’ve achieved, I did it all myself.  I had no mentor, no one leaving me anything.  I set a certain plan for my business, and it became a big success.


                My most fervent wish is to stay healthy, active in mind and body, and not be dependent on anyone in my later years…

               

                About celebrating my 75th birthday, I have this to say:  I’m thankful I’m 75 and not the alternative!


                I’m happy with who I am.
 

                Everything I had to overcome, I overcame because of who I am.


                The essence of who I am is that I’m a man of resilience.

                                                        
                                                            ~ As told to Jane Wollman Rusoff