Don White comes across as a guy who’s always had everything. The semi-retired New York City interior designer, founder of two successful architectural firms, has a warm smile. His white hair and beard brings Santa Claus to mind (albeit a thin, Jewish one). He talks easily about topics ranging from business and the theatre to his wife of 50 years and their three lovely daughters. It’s easy to imagine that he had an idyllic childhood, too, growing up in a green leafy suburb behind a white picket fence and the requisite dog.
What makes White’s success all the more remarkable is that none of that is true. His parents cast out White when he was still in preschool. Despite decades of the good life, he never forgot that his challenging childhood helped White to find success in his adult life.
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If you’d like to hear an interview that I did with Don for StoryCorps, here’s the link: