It was June 1936, in the midst of the worst depression with 30 percent unemployment and I had just graduated from Seward Park High School in Manhattan. I had applied to Columbia University, New York University and City College of New York -- all three admitted me. Columbia charged $6 per credit, NYU charged $4 per credit and City College of New York was tuition-free. I chose CCNY.

My father and I had been talking about a business career and he said, "I would like you to be a CPA when you grow up." I replied, "Dad, you ended your sentence with a preposition." My father smiled and said, "I would like you to be a CPA when up you grow."

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