I have been very touched by the responses to my comments about my sons. It is true that my sons are remarkably successful in the public world, and like any Jewish father, I qvell about them whenever I can. I am reminded that back in 1953, when I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, my mother asked for my Phi Bete key and that of my sister, and had a pair of earrings made from them. You cannot get any more Jewish Mother-ish than that!
Near the end, I sat with my father in the hospital. He could not talk, because of a breathing tube required by the Emphysema that killed him, but he could understand what I was saying. I stroked his head and said, "You have been a better father to me than your father was to you, and that is the most that can be asked of any man. I will try to be a better father still to my sons." Then I told him that I loved him. That night he died.
I can say honestly that my son, Patrick, is a better father to Samuel and Athena than I have been to him, and in my eyes that counts for far more than his Grandmaster triumphs and all the money he has made in business.