Andrew Young Sees Father as Business Role Model

April 18, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — I WAS born when my father, the civil rights leader Andrew Young, was a congressman. I’m always asked what it’s like to be his son. I’m fortunate to have a dad who’s a role model for me and a close friend. His name opened doors for me, but once I got in, I knew that I had to create value.  I remember riding my tricycle through the halls of Congress at an early age. My mother was busy on a project at what is now Atlanta Metropolitan College, so my father decided to take me to work with him. He took my bike with us on the train to Washington, where I’d ride in and out of representatives’ offices.  Later, when he was ambassador to the United Nations, we lived on the 42nd floor of the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Every day after school I’d ride my Big Wheel in the lobby and park it outside Sir Harry’s Bar on the ground floor. I’d go in, sit down and talk to the bartender. A waitress would bring me a Shirley Temple. There was a crystal shop in the lobby with a sign that said No Children. One day I asked the proprietor what she had against kids, and she relented. I visited her shop often from then on and never broke anything.

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