Personal History of The Armchair Pragmatistâ„¢ . . .                                                      

  • AC comes from a lower middle-class background. He was the only child of hardworking parents, and lived in a modest three bedroom, one bath home in a small northeastern town.                                                                                                                              
  • His parents encouraged and supported AC as best they could, always making sacrifices in order to place his activities as their top priority.                                                                                                                               
  • By their example, AC's parents taught him to maintain solid values, high ethical standards, and always to be humble.                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • When AC first started to earn his own money, he chose to support his parents, whom he loved dearly.                                                                                                                         
  • Though he was an above-average student, he never pursued a formal education beyond undergrad.                                                                                                                      
  • He served in the armed services reserve program for six years.                                                                         
  • From early corporate experience, AC found his passion for business. His first job took him to Atlanta in the late 1960's.                                                                                                                                                 
  • He has traveled extensively for both business and pleasure, primarily to developed countries. These days, he limits his travel and enjoys instead long walks and stimulating conversation.                                                                                                                  
  • AC has paricipated as an investor in more than one hundred ventures during his career.                                                                                           
  • He's been approached a number of times by large investment groups to head private equity firms, but always declined. 
                                                                                                                                      
  • He has served on numerous boards in the public, private, and governmental sectors.
                                      
  • His network was extensive, but has diminished due to slowing down his appetite for new investments, as well as experiencing the deaths of many of his friends and business acquaintances.                                                                                                                                     
  • One of AC's business ventures brought him to Chicago, which has been his home since the 1980's.                                                                                                                            
  • He is married and has a grown daughter.                                                                                                          
  • AC lives well below his means, with a nice house in a working-class neighborhood where he has lived for thirty years.                                                                                                                                             
  • He buys a new car approximately every six to eight years.                                                                                         
  • AC fits the profile of the subject character in The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas J. Stanley's best seller.
          
  • He particularly admires Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Gordon Moore, and the Gates Foundation.                                                                                                                                                               
  • He subscribes to dozens of publications, and reads current events at least two hours per day.                                                                                                                                
  • AC prefers non-fiction books.                                                                                                                                                                       
  • He watches a fair amount of television, preferring sports and well-written television series, and he indulges in some of the streaming mini-series, such as House of Cards, often seeking similar programs.                                                                                                                        
  • AC respects and admires the creative accomplishments of a number of entertainment industry notables, such as Dick Wolf, Barry Levinson, Larry Gelbart, Norman Lear, and Steven Spielberg, who began their careers as writers, eventually becoming award-winning directors and heads of production companies.                                                                                                             
  • AC has strong political views. He considers himself far removed from either political party, as he feels both are extreme.                                                                                                                                       
  • He describes himself as bipartisan, and believes every issue must be analyzed on its own merits, with no agenda or preconceived opinion.                                                                                                                     
  • He was once approached to run for Congress. Without hesitation, he declined, as he has never had any interest in political life.                                                                                                                                  
  • AC feels that he has experienced a life of good fortune, and has lived the American dream.                                                                                                                          
  • He admires the humility of successful people who give back to society.