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“In America, we love stories of self-made men who pull themselves up by their boot straps and no doubt there are such men, but I’m not one of them,” Russo said at that time. He talked of his father paying his union dues, his mother constantly pushing him toward college, and, “just as important, I am a product of public education, government-backed student loans and publicly funded institutions like the Gloversville Free Library.”

“Do I have myself to thank for my success?” he said. “Don’t make me laugh. I don’t even know where my boot straps are.”



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