"My aim in life has been to follow the Boy Scout Oath . . ." was the an Who" when they sent him a question-swer Fred Alexander Lawson, ret. pharm, mfg. co. exec. sent back to who's naire asking him about his goals.
Quotes printed in italics under the minibiographies of people who have made it in life began to appear four years ago in Marquis "Who's Who" in America."
Ken Petchenik, President of the Chicago-based firm that publishes the book, sadi they solicited quotes from everyone but had no figures on how many responded. He also said the circulation figures of "Who's Who in America" are a secret.
He also said the circulation figures of "Who's Who in America" are a secret.
One would think that "Who's Who" is not one of the fastest-moving books on the market and after you buy a volume with your name in it you may never need to buy another one!
So while Petchenik did not say so, maybe there had to be a meeting of the people involved with circulation to figure a way of pushing sales.
"Why don't we send out a question-naire asking the people listed "what their aim in life is? When they see their quotes they may buy another volume," may has been a suggestion.
One afternoon I began with the A's to see how many of those listedhad responded to the question and what was on their mind.
If you have a name like Herbert Aach and you become a well-known painter you can be the first one listed in the book.
Including Aach on the opening page, the first nine people did not bother to send a quote.
The 10th name, Stuart Henry Aarons, corps, exec. lawyer, said, "I believe in the dignity of man. I believe in hard the words of Stuart Henry Aarons, ing to the rules and don't cut corners." I cut corners.
Eight names later, Peter Abben, an architect from Copenhagen sent in a quote to make it two out of nineteen on the first page.
Taking a second look at the two thick volume, I decided not to take the words of Staurt Henry Aarons, who sid, "Play every game according to the rules and don't cut corners. Jimmy Carter, who was not yet President then, gad a biography of only 8 1/2 lines and did not bother to send in his "aim in life" form.
The educators seemed more willing to send in their thoughts and they were all pretty good. Kenneth Lash, educator, labeled as three of the most grotesque enemies, "TV, sentimentality and test scores."
Norman Dion Levine, educator, might have flunked a student who decided to follow Levine's "Does keeping busy make me any happier than I would be if i simply lay under a tree and contemplated the clouds?" Levine asked.
Monroe Lippman, educator, did not seem to what to think about aims in life when he said, "It's been fun. I'd hate to pontificate about it."
And Max Lerner, columnist and educator, had a thought for all. "I have believed that we are neither angels or devils, but humans, with clusters of potentials in bothe directions. I am neither an optimist or pessimist, but a possibilitist."
Another educator, Henry Solomon, made me wonder what he looked like when he wrote, "Have fun doing what you're doing. Don't get shock up when you get kicked in the face."
Wesley W. Spink physician and educator, had a tone of resignation when he said, "One can fool neither students nor his children, and I have always tried to listen to them, painfula though it has been at time."
Non Quincy Adams. a Mobile banker, did not leave an italic message for the youth of America.
"WORK HARD," Eva Bertrand Adams, from Wonder, Neb told anyone who wanted to know, in capital letters.
William Gerald Wolfe, an educator, made you pause to wonder about his aim. "I believe that a difference isni't a difference unless it makes a difference - too many times we allow something to make a difference." just so.
Being a parent I did not bother to finish attorney Alfred Loeb Wolf's quote which started with. "You have to start by having friendly parents with no financial problems.
Most of the doctors aims were pretty good when they wanted to dedicate their lives to improving medical care.
Words that are not bad ones to live by, the "Honesty," "Imagination," "Resourcefulness," "Dedication," "Courage", "Inspection," "Sticking to principles," "Living in peace and contentment with oneself," and "A humble awareness of inadequacy," appeated a lot.
A producer and musician, Joseph Leavitt, from Chelsea, Mass went with the old standards and said, "Honesty is the best policy; the noisy wheel (or axle) does get the grease."
Author Marjorie Worthington's aim in life seemed more contented than that of Paul Wollstadt, a petroleum consultant, who said, "Tell your boss what you believe."
You could live by Worthington's aim and still keep your job. She said, "To live as full a life as possible in the early years, so that in the later years there is time to look at the sky, the mountains, the seas, the birds, the flowers - and understand how beautiful God's world can be."