“In many ways,” said Wilkins, “Don Brown is the quintessential American story, that if you have the drive and determination and intelligence, and also the willingness to get up from your own mistakes and to keep moving forward, and this unbelievable optimism about life, you can do anything.”
Brown dismissed the ups and downs of his life as “just the way it is.”
“Who cares if I had problems? Who cares if I had success?” Brown said. “It doesn’t really matter. I don’t feel like I’m anything special. I look back at Mount Wachusett Community College and Amherst and Harvard. Aren’t I lucky? I was blessed to have these things in my life.”
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