Question: Tell me about your parents .
Answer: My parents are, unfortunately, no longer alive. My parents were Morris and Stella Bloom, and both only had an eighth-grade education. My dad was a door-to-door salesman and my mom was a full-time homemaker.
Q: What did your father sell?
A: He sold enlargements for photographers. It was a tough business, and he literally went door to door. He worked six days a week and on the seventh he would sit at his desk and prepare for the next week. We would go to the post office and mail his letters, and then we would go to the movies. He would often stay in the park and wait for me to come out of the movie and he wouldn't say why. But I realized years later that he couldn't afford tickets for both of us.
Q: Despite your family's lack of money, you attended an Ivy League college.
A: My parents always encouraged me to get a good education. My dad always said, "Don't worry, I will save and wherever you want to go, you will be able to go." He didn't earn very much, but he saved just about everything for me. I remember him in the same suit all the time and a couple of different shirts. I don't ever remember him buying anything for himself.
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