If you don’t know who Ted Leonis is (and I didn’t up until Calacanis posted about him a while ago) -I think you should get to know him.
Yesterday, I spent some time visiting with Jonathan Bulkeley, a former AOL employee and a good friend of mine who is now a venture capitalist. During the call, he reminded me of a conversation we had several years ago.
While traveling together on a business trip, I asked him if the Bulkeley Bridge that runs from New York City to Connecticut was named after his family. He told me it was, and then I asked about his family background. Just like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Jonathan had gone to Yale University. One of his ancestors, Morgan Bulkeley, served as the first president of baseball’s National League, was elected Governor of Connecticut, and served as a U.S. Senator.
Jonathan then asked me about my family, and I explained that my Dad was a waiter in a restaurant, that my grandfather emigrated from Greece and was an employee in a shoe tannery in Lowell, MA, and that I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I had to admit that I didn’t know anything about my great-grandfather, but promised that I’d try to find out.
My dad didn’t have any more information than I did, but he wrote some letters to the old country, and a few months later we had our answer. It turns out that my great-grandfather was a goat herder who spent his days chasing goats across the Greek countryside.
That’s one of the things I love about this country. Regardless of your background the American Dream is open to all.
Is this a great country or what?(link)