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Horatio Alger
Inspiration plus perspiration equals success
Inspiration plus perspiration equals success

Next week, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans ( will celebrate its 65th anniversary. I confess I did not know of its existence until I read their ad in an airline magazine. I am familiar with Horatio Alger, the man who inspired generations of boys, and later girls, with stories of people overcoming difficult circumstances to succeed, but I was ignorant of the association that carries on his vision. The association's focus recalls an era that preceded our entitlement, envy and greed generation. One of the goals stated in its "Success Factors Study," is to "identify and assist scholars who exemplify resilience in the face of...